This Week’s Citizen Spotlight Is Azariah Phelps
Young citizen Azariah Phelps has made great strides in his young life. The 8-year-old son of Brad and Shawntae Phelps is a first grader at Pulaski Elementary School and is actively involved with all activities.
In most ways Azariah is a typical 8-year-old. He loves to read and won the first grade school library pick this year in the annual book character dress-up contest held during Dr. Seuss week. But at the age of 19 months, his parents started to notice some developmental differences in their son.
“We recognized that Azariah had more of a developmental delay and speech impediment with his interactions with others,” mom Shawntae Phelps said. “He liked to play alone, versus being with a group.”
Azariah was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“He began to work weekly with a speech therapist until he was about five; he was enrolled in school and started speech and occupational therapy. With these services, he is now verbal, has great eye contact, awesome behavior, is a straight-A student and mainstreamed in a regular ed classroom with an assistant.”
Phelps credits the marked change in Azariah to the services he received and prayer.
“He is very successful and will only continue to grow stronger with the Lord,” Phelps said.
Read his story in the PULASKI CITIZEN, available in markets across Giles County and in digital and traditional newspaper formats by subscription.
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