Lesley Laureano with David, reviewing the memory scrapbook.
Wearing a red, white and blue Patriot’s hat, David turns the pages of an activities scrapbook with photos of himself and his friends at CLASS. He has a lot of friends now, notes Mary Stokes of CLASS’s Community Based Day Services program in Wilmington.
“He’s very shy but he’s coming out of his shell,” she says, “which says to me that he’s grown to care about a lot of folks here at CLASS.”
“I like sports,” David says in a quiet voice, “and going on the computer.”
David, who came to CLASS in spring of 2011, is challenged with an autism spectrum disorder, a mild developmental disability, Fragile X syndrome and seizures.
"He's gone from being curled up in a chair to being one of the first on the vans, ready to go."
“When David started with CLASS he was a very withdrawn young man who didn’t say more than 10 words in a day,” Mary says. “He’s gone from being curled up in a chair to being one of the first on the vans, ready to go.
“I’d say David has come a very long way.”