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Jan 27

Money!

In life, money is not the answer and it does not bring happiness. I very much no that. BUT I will argue that it really and truly helps in a lot of areas. Financial security brings peace of mind. It can also is imperative when family members fall ill or are in need.

A child with autism has significantly better chances of their symptoms decreasing when care-givers and parents are able to utilize as many treatment options as possible and from as young of an age as possible. The reason I know this to be true is from personal experiences, reading and knowing what I do about autism for the last 5 years.

My husband and I have been talking lately a lot about how Brody. Brody is 7 1/2 years old and extremely behind in his development in all areas. Time doesn’t slow down and Brody fails to make as much of an improvement as needed. There are some areas he is more behind now than he was when he was 4. We have been fighting our state government for even the most basic services. We need more interventions, more treatments and to do way more to give Brody his best chances to improve. Unfortunately, many of the autism organizations do not have programs and funds available to us which is a bit sad cause entities like Autism Speaks raise lots of funds and nothing is available to Brody that would actually benefit him. I do not say that with bitterness cause I know there is vital research always happening but it is a fact that many times the services and money does not translate to help for the average child with autism.

We do not have the income to provide these treatments and insurance does not pay for many appropriate and necessary treatments. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, giving up or starting a life of crime to pay for these things 🙂 we decided to set up a fund for Brody. Yes, it would be great if I could get this going by making crafts or starting a clothing line but I am void of those abilities. The link is below in this post and will always be on the sidebar of this blog. It is very difficult to ask strangers, friends and family for any money at all. I know more than most how difficult these financial times are for many.  Just as parents are desperate to help their sick child, we are desperate to do all we can for Brody. Desperate for me is the equivalent as begging and removing my pride for his benefit. We have received generosity over the years from many. We are humbled at the love and support we constantly feel. My husband and I feel we are taking a huge leap of faith that anything will come of this fundraising and we realize we aren’t doing anything like a run, bake sale or yard sale to get it going. At this point we rely on the miracle of the internet and social media to get the word out.

And just so that everyone reading understands and knows about what donations would pay for, here is just a short list of therapies and treatments for those with autism:

  • Neurotherapy or neurofeedback
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Music therapy (mostly private pay these days)
  • Social groups
  • Biomedical treatments including supplements, homeopathic and diets
  • Relationship development intervention (RDI)
  • Sensory Integration
  • Auditory integration
  • Art therapy
  • Brain mapping
  • Hippotherapy

These are just a few of the therapies and interventions

Brody’s fund

 

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