Matthew

Delights in bikes and basketball

Matthew is a fun loving, energetic and non-verbal nine year-old boy who loves riding his bike and playing basketball with his brother. According to his mother, Melodie, Matthew also loves Goldfish crackers and is now able to ask for them using Augmentative and Alternative Communication on his iPad thanks to his ABA therapist at Grandview. Matthew was once unable to communicate except by touching photos of the things he wanted. Today, he is able to use his iPad to communicate a full range of wants and needs. Melodie says that now, he’s able to get a little cheeky and even tells them to “go away!” Matthew was born with Down Syndrome and Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD) which he had open heart surgery to correct when he was just five-months-old. Matthew has been a Grandview client since he was two and has used Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Medical Services and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). In 2014, Matthew was also diagnosed with Autism. Grandview is where Matthew took his first steps, climbed his first stairs and rode his first bike. Matthew’s Mom, Melodie, believes that “Matthew and our whole family are where we are today because of the amazing people at Grandview.”