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.
“If someone needs my help for anything, I’m there. I’ll be the friend they can count on to listen to them and give them advice on whatever issues they may be facing. But I can’t ask for help for myself. It’s just too hard.”
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.
One of the biggest challenges of parenting children with social struggles is worrying that they’ll be socially isolated. You know that your child has a huge heart, a silly side and a lot of interesting ideas, but will the other kids in her class realize that? Organizing small, controlled play dates is the perfect way for your child to build social skills, make new friends and enjoy all the fun of childhood.
My oldest turns 17 at the end of the month; my youngest will be 15 shortly after.
I am incredibly proud of my kids! I get excited for band concerts and soccer games. I share in their success with a good grade on a test and take pictures at recognition ceremonies. I am happy for them when they accomplish a goal that they set out to do, share in their disappointment if they fall short, and I always try to remind them how proud I am for trying their best.
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.