Luke has always had trouble making eye contact, ordering in restaurants, having a conversation, following directions, and having appropriate social skills. Over the last eight years, two TERI Respite Workers, Rigo and Billy have helped Luke grow into a more mature self- sufficient young man. Rigo and Billy are trained and knowledgeable in behavior and life coaching skills that have tremendously helped Luke in all these areas of his life.
They have both been excellent role models and instruct Luke on regulating his behavior, communicating more clearly which has helped him to be more comfortable in his interactions between his peers and in his community. Luke eagerly anticipates his weekly outings with the TERI staff as they go bowling, play soccer, walk on the beach, go to Boomers and end the outing with a meal between friends. Rigo and Billy have become an important part of Luke’s family, allowing his parents to “take a break” knowing that Luke is safe with friends.