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My son Jeremy is 9yrs old and Autistic. He is in need of OT and Speech Therapy Resources his Insurance does not cover. Thank You!

Jeremy was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Autism. Because of rigorous therapies involving Speech, Occupational and Physical he is verbal and clearly a very intelligent little boy. He is 9 years old now and suffers with severe Sensory issues. He is an extremely picky eater due to texture problems, he still has issues with bowel and has to wear undergarments. Jeremy is now doing school at home since his Sensory overload prevents him from wearing clothes very long, not to mention his ability to become over stimulated by general noises and talking in classrooms. Therapists only do so much and I need to be able to continue helping on my end so he is in need of Home Therapy Equipment. That involves things for Speech and Occupational Therapy as well. My hopes and dreams are for Jeremy to be able to function as well as he can in Society on his own one day. To be as social as he can, able to communicate to the best of his ability and succeed to his potential.

Autism is a lifelong, complex neurobiological disorder for which there is currently no documented cure. It crosses a spectrum that ranges from relatively mild difficulties to extreme conditions involving severe language delay; repetitive and/or anti-social behavior, and even aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior. Symptoms of autism change across the life course. An autism diagnosis involves deficits in three core areas: social interaction, use of language, and behavior and interests. Researchers are scrambling to determine whether autism is linked to genetics, environmental factors or a combination of both.

Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups.
It is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and, because most experts believe genetics are a contributing factor, it is possible that families with one autistic child are at significantly greater risk to have another child with autism.

Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others, and is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Other traits may include insistence on sameness, repeating words, preference for solitude, little fear of danger, ignoring verbal cues and being unresponsive to normal teaching methods.

Autism spectrum disorders can usually be reliably diagnosed by age 3, although new research is pushing back the age of diagnosis to as early as 6 months. Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child or their child’s failure to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Some parents describe a child that seemed different from birth, while others describe a child who was developing normally and then lost skills. Pediatricians may initially dismiss signs of autism, thinking a child will “catch up,” and may advise parents to “wait and see.”

From our heart to yours,
Casey, (mom)
Jeremy and his siblings, Tanner, Taylor and Lelia
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