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Logan is our youngest who was diagnosed with Autism right before his 4th birthday he has endured a lot of therapy to help him learn to live a normal life. Unfortunately with budget cuts in health care our children are loosing the services that they need to learn to live a relatively normal life. Children that are diagnosed with autism know they are different. They may not look any different than any other child in a group of children until they have a difficulty. Then others want to pass judgement. with money that is earned during this walk will help people understand and learn about autism and not just what they think they know. Not all children that are autistic are anti-social. That is what we get all the time for Logan "he can't be autistic he plays with others". Well Logan was not given a choice he is the youngest of 5 and he has two cousins that come over daily. He had to learn the skill to play with others and he endured a lot of therapy play groups where he was not always social. That is only one aspect of many in the diagnosis. Logan is a bright and willing to learn. He is the family comedian and he does not let anything stop him. Hopefully that continues as he gets older. We are starting to see Logan realize how different he is from the other children that are his age and how he has more difficulty. The teachers he has are awesome, but they are trained broadly for special needs and do not always understand what it is to have an autistic child. The funds that are raised will hopefully be able to train these wonderfully teachers.
I work as a home based therapist for children with autism. That entails me teaching them, Life, social, behavioral & educational skills. The children spend all day at school learning and then they come home to me and there they continue with several more hours of learning. Skills that are so much easier for other children to learn and to understand the importance of daily life. The donations that are collected for this walk will help our childrens teachers and other professionals to learn to work and hopefully understand our children and to not pass judgement. please help with this walk any thing that you are able to donate is greatly appreciated and helping.