Adalyn, with her straight brown hair, is the last in line to leave the playground. She plants herself firmly 5 feet from the door to A Child’s Haven. Spreading out her arms for balance, she watches the preschooler ahead of her walk into the building. Adalyn will not move and is shaking her head.
At age 4, Adalyn might be expected to know better. If this were a day care or preschool playground, she would be disciplined for her obstinance. In fact, the little girl was expelled from three day care centers. Her mother, Amanda Morgan of Easley, lost her job as a certified medical assistant because she could not find child care for Adalyn, whom she describes as both sweet and very theatrical.
“I’m a single mother and had one-and-a-half years without income,” Morgan says. “It was the scariest time of my life.”
Fortunately, a friend recommended Morgan take Adalyn to A Child’s Haven, where her daughter could receive therapy and help for her communication delays and anger issues. Each month, Morgan has seen improvements.
At A Child’s Haven, young children who are delayed physically, mentally, and behaviorally learn how to handle everyday challenges. They practice new skills that most children pick up on their own. Instead of teachers, they have highly skilled therapeutic providers. Instead of classroom instruction, they have therapy.
Even the facility’s playground is different. It’s a natural playground with a climbing amphitheater rock, box gardens, a slide built into the hill, and a large pad with water jets.
Also, trained providers visit families’ homes to observe and offer parenting tips and advice. Amanda Morgan learned a great trick in dealing with Adalyn’s frequent temper tantrums. She now pulls out flashcards and distracts her daughter, asking her to select a card. “It takes her brain someplace else for a minute, and I never would have thought of that,” Morgan says.