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Many people look at Luke and see a normal 2 year old little boy. He’s silly, loves to wrestle, adores trucks and dirt, is a social butterfly, thrives in new places, can sit through dinner in a restaurant, is intellectually ABOVE average, and doesn’t panic over sounds/crowds/textures. He doesn’t LOOK or ACT “autistic”. No... but did you know Luke can’t speak yet? He has trouble with eye contact. He doesn’t react to noise at all. He has trouble with food. He hears and sees the world in a way we don’t understand. The spectrum is so broad and we’re becoming better at detecting it that children are getting diagnosed more often and earlier.
Luke is incredibly lucky that we noticed very early on that he had autism markers. He started receiving services as 18 months and has an OT, ABA, speech therapist, Horseback Therapy, and Dieticians. These people play an important role in our lives to help Luke thrive. He has made progress and is able to pass through everyday situations without anyone noticing his differences.
Did you know... Children are more likely to reverse autistic tendencies and function in society as “normal” with early intervention. The sad truth to this is that the process to get evaluated can take 6 months of waiting for an appointment. Then another several months to get into the specialists they need. Sometimes kids age out of the system before they can receive early intervention making it too late to rewire the parts of the brain effected.
The cost of early intervention is staggering. Even with insurance Jon and I pay hundreds of dollars a month in copays. The state provides early intervention to children like Luke for free through funding BUT because Jon and I have private insurance ours is billed monthly.
We are so incredibly fortunate to have the support system we have, to be in a situation financially to pay for services, and to live in an area where there are so many resources.
Autism Speaks helps parents find resources, provides funding for extensive research, and raises awareness for children of all abilities. I’m running on January 10, 2020 on Marathon Weekend in Disney World for Autism Speaks to help children succeed in a world that wasn’t built for them. Help me help them. My goal is $500! Any amount is appreciated!!!
Join me in my efforts to support Autism Speaks!
I am raising funds to support a cause that is important to me while accomplishing a personal goal.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. They empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span.
Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Thank you for helping me reach my goal. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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