Later testing by a pediatric psychiatrist confirmed that Isaac was on the autism spectrum. That doctor recommended the family get Isaac into Marcus Autism Center as soon as possible. In the meantime, Isaac’s family, including Keely and his father, Nathan Chandler, and even his older sister, Ava, went to trainings at the center.
“In parent training at Marcus Autism Center they taught met ways to connect with Isaac. If he was playing with blocks, I needed to sit next to him and play with blocks too,” says Keely. “I had to let him lead in playing. For me that meant resisting the urge to ask him questions or show him how to play. I did what he did. When I spoke it was only to give him specific praise or to copy the sounds he made.”
A few months later, Isaac was accepted into the center’s Language and Learning Program, and he quickly progressed. “Their techniques worked so quickly,” says Keely.