Autism Case Study: How 4-Year-Old Walker Became Free of Self-Injurious
Behavior (All Names Changed for Privacy)
“Walker, it’s time to put away the iPad and come to the dinner table,” said Reed Williams as he gathered
the other kids to
Walker continued playing his Disney video game as if nothing had ever happened.
Now it was Mom’s turn: “Sweetie,” called Megan, “come have dinner.” She walked over to Walker to take
away the iPad.
Walker held on as long as he could. The moment the iPad slipped out of his grasp, Walker broke down into a
Eventually he got to the dinner table… but not after banging his head on the wall a few times.
Such was life in the Williams family home. Walker had autism and daily life was complicated.
Walker’s symptoms included:
Self Injurious Behavior
Lots of screaming
One specific issue was the trigger for many of Walker’s other behaviors: transitioning from what he wanted
to what his parents wanted him to do.
For example, if Walker was having fun with a certain toy, he would resist putting that toy down to take a bath.
Or, if it was time to get out of the car and go into the house, Walker would respond with a tantrum.
Getting dressed, getting undressed, going to bed, leaving the house… transitions were a nightmare for Reed
Walker learned that yelling and tantrums defeated most of his parent’s demands, and got his way a lot of the time.
Reed and Megan’s marriage suffered. So did their relationships with Walker’s siblings. They wondered if their son
could ever be successful in school or the workplace.
Reed and Megan were frustrated.
Today, Reed and Megan spend time with all of their kids equally. Their marriage is happier, and
they have hope for the future. They state that they are grateful to have a life in the evenings once
So, what was it that helped Walker grow so quickly? How did he end up on a trajectory to live a
much fuller and happier life?
One element is seeing each child as a holistic individual with their own strengths, weaknesses
and ways of communicating.
But the most important factor that helped Walker is the fact that his parents took action and
got the help they needed.
They appreciated that the longer you wait to get help, the longer it takes to help your child.
They decided that they didn’t want to stall or delay or look into it “someday.”
Now look where Walker is.
There’s Hope for Every Child
Imagine train tracks that stretch all the way to the horizon. If you alter the course of those train
tracks just a couple of degrees, they will end up miles away from where they point now.
ABA therapy is about helping your child change direction now, so they end up at a totally different
destination in the future.
By helping children with autism learn the communication, social, and life skills they need, we can
help them live more independently for the rest of their lives.
There is hope for every child.
Now It’s Your Turn
Would you like to get help for your child? Our team of highly experienced professionals has many decades of combined experience helping kids with autism.
We can look at ways to address whatever is on your mind, including:
Signs of autism
Helping you set up a diagnostic evaluation
Social skills issues
Difficulty performing routines
Here’s What to do Next
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