Portrait of Wynston Part 1

Video Summary

Meet Wynston and his dedicated family. Wynston, the youngest of five children, is the only member of his family to be diagnosed with autism. His parents, Lynda and David, have been avidly researching therapeutic techniques, as well as putting together a team of professionals, to help Wynston develop important life skills during the short developmental window in his early childhood. From 25 hours of applied behavioral analysis training a week to physical therapy using playground equipment to finding creative ways to increase zinc intake in his diet, Wynston is following a daily regiment designed to repeatedly enforce desired behaviors and teach cognitive skills. Within a few months, Wynston has already made considerable progress developing joint attention skills, coordination and core strength, and progressed into more more appropriate play. However, Wynston is still very hyperactive, demonstrates delayed language skills, and struggles to make lasting eye contact (even with immediate family).

"At the end of the day, it is still the same thing...try to help your child grow to be the best that he or she can be...but also you want your child to live a full and dignified and independent life and so that's really the goal for him as well."
— Lynda, Wynston's Mother

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