People describe Gavin as funny, kind, caring and thoughtful. He is a hard worker with a good attitude at both school and his jobs at MOD Pizza, LaBelle Country Club, Oconomowoc Library and The Farm. He has come so far since February 2020 when he was admitted Genesee Lake School (GLS).
Prior to his arrival at GLS, school was difficult for Gavin. He struggled to communicate his feelings and express himself adequately. Gavin’s mom said he didn’t know how to recognize anxiety, which resulted in destructive and negative attention-seeking behavior in class and elopement. “We had a hard time keeping him safe.”
Morgan Campbell, Direct Support Professional at GLS, said when Gavin arrived, he did struggle to communicate effectively, and would isolate himself from his peers and staff. “But he has transformed himself entirely. He has a knack for adapting to his environment.” He recognizes anxiety before it manifests physically, and he no longer runs. He has coping skills in place to stay calm. In addition, he has a willingness to help others and he demonstrates maturity, accountability and personal responsibility every day.