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ABLE Academy gives critical developmental help

Dylan Chatham, 4, right, follows instructions from a children's song by putting a bean bag on his head while working with an applied behavior therapist at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Dylan Chatham, 4, right, follows instructions from a children's song by putting a bean bag on his head while working with an applied behavior therapist at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has "changed overnight" since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, plays during free time with at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, plays during free time with at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, plays during free time with at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, center, counds cotton balls while working with a speech language pathologist on a recent day in class at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, verbally identifies various winter clothes, such as scarves and gloves, while working with a speech language pathologist on a recent day in class at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, plays during free time with at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, plays during free time with at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, follows instructions from a children's song by putting a bean bag on his head while working with an applied behavior therapist at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Behavior analyst Jennifer Schaaf, left, asks Dylan Chatham, 4, center, to identify himself in the mirror as he tries on and verbally identifies various winter clothes, such as scarves and gloves, on a recent day in class at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, right, and his classmate Mary Grace Benavitz, 6, verbally identify various winter clothes, such as scarves and gloves, while working with a speech language pathologist on a recent day in class at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dylan Chatham, 4, left, plays during free time with Tori Poteet, right, an applied behavior clinician, and other children at Able Academy in East Naples. Jay Chatham brought his son, Dylan, to Able Academy after Dylan's teachers in Montessori school noticed he was not playing with students, etc. His parents have said their son has 'changed overnight' since enrolling in the Able Academy's clinical classroom program. But, at a cost of $2,500 to $4,500 per month for services, the program was out of Chatham's reach. The Naples Children and Education Foundation, the philanthrophic arm of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provides Able Academy with money to provide scholarships to students who need the services. Dylan is one of those recipients. Lexey Swall/Staff

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