Walking for Alex
2017 is upon us; Spring is on its way; and it’s time once again for Autism Resource Central’s 5K Run/Walk for Autism Acceptance. As I was preparing to write this, I reflected on my past narratives in comparison to how Alex is presently doing. I must say that I feel an extreme amount of happiness and pride in my son as he continues to work hard and make significant progress. To that point, I look forward to continuing using this page as a sort of “State of the Boy” address.
Alex is outplaced into a private school and is doing phenomenally well. The staff there has been able to improve many of Alex’s behavioral challenges while pushing him from an educational standpoint to remain on 4th Grade Level. We do miss the social aspect of a public school setting and all that comes with it, but Alex is improving in that area as well. Three days each week, Alex attends an after-school social skills program with peers and it is beginning to generalize. Additionally, Alex has home ABA the other two days, proving that there is no rest for the weary. I do feel badly that his days stretch from an average of 7:45 AM to 6:15 PM; a kid should be able to be a kid. I do believe, however, that the ends will justify the means and seeing how far Alex has come only reinforces that belief.
Many things contributed to this “big step forward” over the last rolling calendar year: loving parents, a supportive family, a caring school staff, and a resource to lean on during the good times and during the bad times. For us, that resource has been HMEA’s Autism Resource Central, serving the region’s families impacted by Autism. Since being voted to the Advisory Board, I get to see firsthand how much thought and care go into each and every program with the sole purpose of helping and creating opportunities for our loved ones on the Spectrum.
As we look forward to better weather, I look forward to what’s on Alex’s horizon: bike riding camp, a summer of swimming in our new pool, overnight camp at Autism Resource Central’s Camp Havvago, and playing ball on his new basketball hoop. None of these things are possible for Alex without supports in place. Similarly, none of the many things that Autism Resource Central does becomes possible without a level of support from its families and friends. I ask that you again help us and make a donation so that families can continue to receive training, services, and activities that facilitate progress and success. Thank you for helping Alex and the many children and adults like Alex who depend on the Center.
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