To say Teagan has defied the odds would be an understatement. To meet Teagan, you’d never know that she was the kid that doctors said would likely never be able to talk. Diagnosed with autism, Teagan was non-verbal until she was 5 and a half years old. One day she started talking and hasn’t stopped since. “She chats all the time. 24/7. She speaks in long sentences and uses big words now,” her mom, Kara explained proudly. “She’s so much better at communicating. She gets her point across and actually expresses her feelings.” Teagan attends a year-round Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) school for children with autism. Her mom said it has changed Teagan. “Her anxiety used to be really high,” she said, saying her daughter would often to try run out of situations and always wanted to keep close to mom and dad. “She just recently went to an overnight church camp for three nights. I would have never thought in a million years I’d ever be able to give that experience for Teagan but Teagan went and did awesome. She had so much fun I don’t think she wanted to come home.” Teagan also loves swimming and takes lessons through Grandview. She knows which days she is going to the pool and will get herself changed and bag packed all on her own. In 2019, Teagan was invited by her MPP to Queen's Park where she was recognized for her dedication and work being a positive role model advocating for those with autism. Her mom and dad are so proud of her!