Maggie was born in 1989, the youngest of five children. She has Down’s Syndrome. She is profoundly deaf, non-verbal and has severe, pervasive developmental disabilities, with a history of serious self-injurious behaviors.
Maggie lived with her loving parents and siblings, all doing their best to care for her in a nurturing, faith-filled home. She attended special education classes at a local developmental center. As Maggie got older, it became apparent that she was not making progress. The self-abuse behaviors increased in number and severity so much so that Maggie had to wear arm splints. As her siblings became young adults and moved from home, it was difficult for her parents to care for her. She required constant one-on-one attention and intervention to manage her self-injurious behavior. Her parents were stressed, worried and exhausted.
Maggie came to live at Rose-Mary Center. She began attending the Rose-Mary Center School, becoming progressively more responsive to the staff, establishing relationships with her teachers, as she felt her needs being met in a predictable, safe environment.
After eight years, Maggie was ready to live at home again. Maggie has grown from a young girl, with severe self-injurious behaviors, and unable to communicate with her world to a young woman who laughs a lot, loves rocking chairs, and dance; but more importantly has developed appropriate skills and behaviors to help navigate through her world. Still at the Rose-Mary Center School, she has blossomed even more since going home, initiating communication and participation in activities and will graduate soon.
With the help, support and love of her family, along with the professional, structured care, and programs and treatments designed by the RMC staff, Maggie has indeed achieved a life of increasing abilities and personal fulfillment, becoming a more integrated member of her family and community.