Linden Grove School recently received the following update on LGS alum Colin Spritzky from his parents.
People don’t typically plan to become a parent of a child with special needs, but our son, Colin, has truly been a gift. He has taught our family so many things that we wouldn’t have learned without him in our lives. He has allowed us to never take for granted a spoken word or consider any step ordinary.
As most families with children with special needs, we were not prepared for some of the challenges that we would ultimately face. We quickly realized that as parents, we needed to become Colin’s best advocates, find the best medical specialists, as well as the most appropriate learning environment.
Colin started kindergarten in public school which proved to be extremely challenging, until we found our solution with Linden Grove School (LGS). For the next eight years, Colin called LGS his educational home. LGS provided an inclusive, safe, and loving environment including individualized programming that helped him succeed. Colin learned reading strategies and was able to be coached on appropriate social behaviors. LGS provided the perfect foundation and instilled confidence that allowed Colin to move from a small, private, controlled environment to a large public high school. At Turpin High School, Colin flourished as a young adult cherishing the high school experiences of football games, homecomings, proms and school events.
Colin is currently in his third year of a transition to work program at Anderson High School. As part of this program, he is responsible for shopping, paying for groceries, cooking a hot breakfast, doing dishes and laundry. He also has just secured his first job working for InReturn, a light manufacturing and warehousing company hiring many adults with traumatic brain injury, autism and other disabilities.
We can’t say how much Linden Grove School set the stage and helped him progress to where he is today.
Colin (left) with two friends he made at LGS:
Jessica McCabe and Matthew Grafe.