HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A special little girl named Kaylie. She is the first child in care with Autism we’ve had a chance to introduce you to. Autism is a brain problem that can make it hard for kids to communicate. If you listen close…. You’ll be able to understand Kaylie speak her own language.
“K...Y...L..I..E” Kaylie spells.
She’s so close to being able to spell her name! This is Kaylie, she’s nine and lives life with Autism.
“What do you like to do for fun?” Lee asks
“Play” Kaylie answers
“Play what?” Lee asks
“Toys” Kaylie answers
“What kind of toys?” Lee asks
“Baby doll” Kaylie answers
She loves her baby doll Brianna that Santa brought her.
“It would take someone special...” Lee says to social worker.
“It would take someone special who understands her needs. I don’t wanna say it’s like taking care of a baby...but she needs help putting on clothes & of course tying her shoes... just simple things a child her age would know.” Her social worker shares
Her social worker says she’s not much of a behavior problem and is pretty good at following directions.
“What age developmentally would you compare her too?” Lee asks
“I would say a one to 2 year old” the worker answers
“How long has she been in care?” Lee asks
“She’s been in care, I wanna say since she was 4, so approximately 5 years.” The social worker answers
Kaylie needs a family that will give her the love and attention she needs…understanding she communicates in her own way…
‘Are you tickling me? Are you a tickler?’ Lee asks Kaylie
(Kaylie makes a squealing sound…)