Matthew Ellegood Case Study

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Matthew Ellegood has shown tremendous growth over the past year. With support Matthew has increased his circle of friends within the community. Matthew through his volunteer activity at the Crossing Thrift Store was introduced to friends that encouraged him to attend the Tim Tebow Prom. Matthew attended the Prom this past February and was partnered with a buddy from the Crossing. Matthew stated that he had a great time and would certainly want to participate again next year. Matthew stepped outside his comfort zone again when he chose to give track and field a try. Matthew decided to join the Marion County Services Track and Field Team. Matthew was supported to attend weekly track practices. During practice Matthew was encouraged to approach others, introduce himself and engage in conversations. Matthew was able to meet peers and build friendships through this weekly activity. In April Matthew participated in his first Track and Field Meet at Hannibal High School. Matthew had several family members present to watch him compete. Matthew with support made his way to all stations to demonstrate his skill level. Matthew earned one gold medal and two silver medals. Matthew was so …show more content…

Matthew chose to use water color paint on canvas to create three paintings to enter in the show. Matthew was pleased to see his paintings displayed at the Hannibal Arts Council Gallery. Matthew was thrilled when two of his paintings were purchased. Matthew donated his other painting to the Learning Opportunities Hannibal Office. Opportunities to try new activities have proven to benefit Matthew in many ways. Matthew now has a network of community friends and new peers. Matthew’s social skills have improved greatly. Matthew is becoming more confident and open to new challenges that can help him continue to learn and live a well-balanced

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