When 15-month-old Noah Jones first arrived at the Ann Storck Center, he couldn't walk down the hallway without being overcome with anxiety and tears.
But at the center's preschool graduation Thursday, Noah, clad in a white cap and gown, strolled down the aisle proudly, along with 34 other graduates ages 3 to 5.
Noah, who suffers from a pervasive developmental disorder that affects his communication skills, ``has come very far,'' said his mother, Nicole. ``He's very verbal now.''
``He knows he's accomplished a lot. He gets it. There was a time when he wouldn't,'' she said of her 4-year-old son, who was given the ``Little Mozart'' award at the ceremony held at the Fort Lauderdale Police Officers Association Hall.
The Ann Storck Center preschool, located in Fort Lauderdale, provides occupational, physical and speech therapy for children with disabilities like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and spina bifida. Read more
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