Drowning is the #1 cause of death in children with autism. The National Autism Society reports that 90% of all deaths in children with autism are due to drowning. Children with autism react to their senses and are driven by impulse. Water is a huge sensory stimulation which draws this attention. That is why it is imperative that children with autism get the proper swim instruction.
Can’t Wait to see our friends and families! We will kick off our 10th anniversary with a 4000 Easter Egg Roll! Yes, 4000 eggs….Come out and see so many smiling faces! See you on April 8th!
Refreshments, bounce castle, and other family-friendly activities will be set up for all to enjoy. All of our program supervisors will be presenting our newest programs and meeting with families and other service providers. Come join us cut the ribbon on our new center and celebrate with our team!
I think many of you know I tend to see the half more than half full, I love to be optimistic and believe in the good. I am not pollyanna by any means, but work hard to advocate and stand for what I believe in.
Want to learn about the transition of our kids into adulthood? The 55th Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium: “Crossing the Threshold” will focus on youth age 16-24yo who have special needs, including Autism, intellectual disability and mental illness, and will include living situations of kids including family, in foster care, and even juvenile justice.
I would like to introduce you to my son who is funny, goofy, sweet, loving and kind who happens to have a lifelong, life threatening medical condition known as Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition where the brain produces too much spinal fluid and without the aid of a shunt that is surgically placed in his brain, for the sole purpose of siphoning the excess fluid, he would die. There isn’t a cure and only treatment options for his condition. Because of the placement of the shunt, Casey has side effects which include Hypertonia, a form of cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities.
Casey has had 2 brain surgeries. One when he was 9 days old after being induced 4 weeks early by a caesarian section and the second surgery 8 ½ years later due to shunt failure. He has also had bilateral feet surgery to help correct and straighten his feet. Because of Casey’s hypotonia (low muscle tone), he has had physical therapy since he was 6 months old and has used assistive devices so he could walk.
What is this event? The Department of Exceptional Education’s Autism Coordinators and Transition Services are joining forces to put on this wonderful event. The night includes a resource fair which allows local agencies to connect with and empower students and families. Representatives from organizations located in Central Virginia and the surrounding areas will be on hand to provide information on options and services available to students and their families. Mini breakout sessions are available starting at 6:30. The 3 sessions address
The classes will take place at The Mill House, 7812 Schrader Road, Richmond, Virginia. If you have any problems locating our new facility, please feel free to call the office at 804-261-7050.