We had tried everything with my 24-year-old son: countless medication trials, one therapist after the next, neurofeedback, exercise therapy, diets etc etc.
After many years of what I believe was a case of "Failure to Launch Syndrome," I finally hired Ryan to mentor my son.
Ryan was highly recommended by a prominent psychologist in Middletown, who had worked with my son for a year.
Ryan was an asset to my son's successful launching. He worked on exercise, socializing, and vocational skills. They practiced interview skills, completed paperwork together, found volunteer jobs, and eventually competitive employment. My son now rents a condo, goes to work daily, is happy and healthy.
We cannot thank Ryan enough for all his work.
Ryan was K's mentor/life coach for many years. He took K from a person with very little "can do" attitude to a person of strong independent and strong soft skills.
During their sessions they worked on soft skills by setting up mock interviews.
K and Ryan would practice soft skills in real life situations by going to local businesses like banks, grocery stores and coffee shops. After visiting a local business they would go over and discuss the outcome. This gave him the confidence to move on to the next step. Ryan set up an interview for a volunteer job at a Library. K started working at the library this gave him real life experience. Ryan kept in contact with the librarian and they discussed how K was doing. This gave Ryan the opportunity to work with my son on any issues that came up at the job site.
Because of the mentoring from Ryan, K built up the soft skills and confidence to continue his employment desires. He held a library page job for over a year and his supervisor is very satisfied with K's performance.
My 26-year-old daughter with autism lives independently, has friends, works, and is even thinking now about pursuing a professional career. There was a time I never thought this would be possible.
About 5 years ago she had dropped out of college, was living at home, was in a near-constant state of anxiety, and completely self-isolated. I attribute her astounding life change to Ryan Casey.
Ryan came in when my daughter was at her lowest point. He immediately found her an internship in a field she would enjoy and from there, over the next two years, he helped her advance through other jobs and internships and volunteer positions until she finally landed where she is now, a game store that is not only her workplace, but also an incredible social scene for her.
She has developed strong friendships with people she’s met there, and goes there at least twice a week when she’s not on the clock for social activities.
Ryan not only helped her to venture out into the working world, but he assisted her tremendously through counseling on matters related to social skills.
Back when she was at her lowest point, she would have frequent melt-downs related to anxiety. This was despite involvement with other professionals such as therapists, psychiatrists, etc. My daughter developed such a bond with Ryan that in the early days when she was still having these melt-downs, she would call him, oftentimes crying, and he would calm her down in a short amount of time. His involvement with my daughter went above and beyond what I would ever expect from a job coach. He helped her get out of a difficult place in life, showing her the possibilities.
My daughter had a state vocational rehab coach before Ryan, but it was going nowhere. Also, I had hired several autism coaches before finding Ryan, including one who was literally a neuropsychiatrist.
Every single one of these professionals failed because they expected so much out of my daughter right away; she just couldn’t keep up with the action steps, etc. She needed more hand-holding in the beginning. Ryan seemed to just understand this instinctively.
And now, years later, she is completely independent.
Honestly, I only see her about once a month.
My relationship with her is absolutely awesome. I’m no longer the stern parent trying to go the tough love route, trying to get her to be responsible and get out into the world. Now, we enjoy a healthy adult-adult parent/child relationship.
If your child with autism is having a hard time with life, just call Ryan. Don’t delay.