Kaedyn was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 2 years old. He was non-verbal and engaged in several maladaptive behaviors, such as self-injury, aggression, elopement and stereotypy that inhibited his ability to learn from others.
One day, Kaedyn was put on the wrong bus coming from school. He could not explain to the driver or to potential assistive adults who he was, who his mother was, or where he lived. His mother panicked, and it took over an hour to locate him.
It was the scariest moment of my entire life. My baby was out there somewhere and no one would be able to know who he was or where he belonged. No one would be able to help him understand what was going on
– Melissa, Kaedyn’s mom
Kaedyn is a fun, creative and witty 11-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder. He is remarkably self-sufficient for his age, though this was not always the case.