Dear Family and Friends,
I participate in Autism Speaks Canada Walk because Walk dollars make an impact on the autism community. Tyler was dignosed at one year and 10 months. Once he was dignosed we knew we had to find as much service and support we can to help him. Our community has supports and services, but waiting lists are really long, so we researched and found a program called Early Start Denver Model in Toronto. Tyler participated in this programs 5 days a week for 2 hours for a 13 month period. That program helped him speak, play appropriately, become independant, and so much more.
Tyler during this time also went through speech and Occupational therapy to help with speech and sensory related issues.
Tyler went from little to no speech, no communication, very repetitive actions and activities, strong sensory concerns to an average 4 year old. Tyler is now 7 years old and heading to Grade 2!
Bringing awareness to this community and families is important. Thats why this walk is so important to us.
Here are some of the things that we’ve learnt about autism in the last 10 years…
- Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2.
- High-quality early intervention does more than develop skills.
- One third of children and adults with autism are nonverbal.
- Most adults with autism (84%) remain living with their parents.
- Over 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.
There’s still so much more to learn…and you can help.
By making a donation and supporting my efforts, you are making a difference to the autism community and Tyler.
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