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Therapy helping communication for those on the autism spectrum

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(WJBK) - Communication connects us, and is also one of the biggest challenges for any one on the autism spectrum. A family from Farmington Hills shows how constant therapy is helping to break through the language barrier.

Around the age of two, Kendall Jones was diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum, a brain development disorder often characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication.

"Children on the autism spectrum, specifically - even though they might talk, they can talk speak in sentences - what goes on socially is very confusing for them sometimes," explains Stephanie Naberhaus. She owns Building Bridges Therapy Center in Plymouth.
 
One of the big goals for Kendall's therapists there is teaching her how to appropriately interact with others, which leads to learning and friendships. That takes a specialized plan, which can include behavioral, speech, language and physical therapies.  
 
After months of therapy at Building Bridges, Kendall is able to do what may seem ordinary, interact with teachers and kids, but it's actually extraordinary.

"She's a totally different child now," her mother. Andrea Jones, says.

Helping Kendall succeed in this world is important, but others understanding her world is also important. The Joneses asked a Building Bridge therapist to explain Kendall to their  extended family so they would know how to respond to certain behaviors.
 
Now, Kendall has taught their family as much as they have taught her. With every success comes hope.

"Instead of crying about the death of a dream for your child, you can just celebrate all the possibilities that are going to come in the future," says her father, Jason Jones.

The Joneses will be at the Michigan Shines for Autism Gala, happening on Saturday. FOX 2's Dan Miller will be the emcee.

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