Meet Grandview sisters 10-year-old Teagan and 5-year-old Logan. Both girls are long-term members of the Grandview Kids family –– Teagan first came to Grandview in 2012 and Logan in late 2016. Teagan is a bubbly and active social butterfly who loves politics, staying up to date on current events and making new friends. Logan loves to sing and dance. She is a huge bookworm, easy-going and although she is commonly quiet, she maintains an outgoing nature. Both girls can’t get enough of travelling together on planes (especially when the destination is Disney World)! They do a lot of print work together for autism awareness and they love to see the final project when it comes out.
Upon first meeting Teagan, you will notice that her chatty and social demeanour comes so easy to her. You would have never guessed that at an early age she was given the diagnosis that she would not be able to talk. According to her parents, she was showing signs that indicated that she has autism and ended up receiving a referral to Grandview Kids from their Paediatrician, who noted that Grandview “would be the perfect opportunity to help them unlock and achieve all their possibilities and potential”. In September 2012, she was officially diagnosed with autism/ADHD. Through her time at Grandview, and with her strong desire to thrive, learn and grow, Teagan has become fully verbal and is most certainly able to strike up a conversation with anyone!
Logan and her sister differentiate in the fact that Logan tends to be a little shy and quiet, according to her mother. However, she is definitely coming into her own each and every day! She was diagnosed with autism/ADHD when she first came to Grandview. Like her big sister, Logan is fully verbal and enjoys a wide range of activities and services that Grandview offers. Her favourites are taking advantage of the Free-to-Read program and swimming lessons.
Teagan and Logan “have grown tremendously over the years past and continue to grow in the years ahead and we have Grandview Kids to be thankful for”, their parents say. “[The] Parent Support Groups, our Social Workers for 6 plus years, all of the many countless therapy blocks of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy… and all of the appointments with Dr. Hunt, they would not be where they are today!”
Family is a term that comes up often when their mother refers to their experiences at Grandview. “Just walking in the doors at Grandview equals home and family… knowing that it is ok to act as themselves is the biggest thing, knowing that they are feeling secure in their environment”, she describes. Being a part of a welcoming and knowledgeable environment, where no one is left behind makes Grandview a place where they feel the most secure.