We’ve probably all heard the adage, “Never judge a book by its cover.” But according to Brody Marvin’s mom Michele, “Never judge a person by what they can or cannot do. Everyone is fighting a battle; some you can see, others you cannot.”
Brody’s personal battle isn’t something people can see just by looking at him. When he was two and a half years old, Brody’s family noticed his vocabulary was not where it should have been. In fact, he was not talking at all.
“We weren’t sure what was going on with him,” says Michele. “Was he autistic? Was he just being stubborn? What was it?”
After a referral to Blank Children's Developmental Center, Brody was initially diagnosed with Mixed Expressive Receptive Language Disorder. Later, he was also diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. Brody was sent to Blank Children’s Speech Therapy where he has excelled through hard work and determination. He is now up to about 15 words and fighting to add more every day.
“His determination has inspired everyone around him,” says Michele. “He really pushes to show us what he wants. If he struggles with the words, then he shows us or really tries to tell us what is wrong.”
Full of life, excitement and love, Brody enjoys running, playing with his sisters and watching movies. He sometimes takes a bit to warm up to someone, but once he does, he gives the best hugs. On a daily basis, Brody functions much like a typical boy would, but some tasks are hard for him to do. He thrives on routine and prefers to know his daily schedule, rather than live life with things always changing.
Since Brody struggles with verbal communication, when he gets frustrated or mad he will often yell to let people know he's upset. “Having a child that is nonverbal is a daily struggle because they do not know how to tell you things,” says Michele. “We have learned how to read Brody and figure out what he needs.”
But there’s one thing about which Brody is very clear: He is excited to be Kid Captain and cannot wait to meet Cy and the football team!