How does a child go from being completely non-verbal at age 4 to blossoming into the valedictorian of her college graduating class to then becoming a star in the Netflix Series “Atypical” -- verbally communicating for a living? Having Medicaid coverage of needed therapy made Tal’s journey possible.
“I got tremendous help from therapists who taught me how to do the things I was having problems doing like reading, speaking and writing. If I had grown up without their help, I don’t think I would have ‘learned how to learn’ and may not have known how to achieve the things in life that I have. I can’t imagine not being the “ME” I am today” explained Tal Anderson, the 23-year-old actress and autism advocate.
As a young family, it was the education and access to experts that Tal’s parents needed the most to help her and her brother, who is also autistic. “We would never have known the possibilities and would have been terrible advocates” said Tal’s mom, Vickie Vaughan Anderson. Instead, seeing the profound difference that therapy made in their children’s lives, her parents became highly effective advocates. The Medicaid therapists they worked with taught Vickie to fight for her children, in school, in life and for their future.