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We are uniting to raise money to purchase a tech speak so that Gavin can speak to his family and the rest of the world

Our Family has been searching for Gavin's voice since getting his diagnosis a little over 2 years ago. We thought Gavin was stubborn, and was going to speak late but I remember clear as day sitting at Dorenbecher's Children's hospital after Gavin's 5 hour long appointment getting the news that he was "on the spectrum" and being told that his formal diagnosis was Autistic disorder, Global Developmental Delay and He had Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder (aka non-verbal or as I like to call it minimally verbal). My mother-in law worked for the local elementary school at the time and had Gavin and I come in to talk to the specialized kinder garden teacher who works primarily with Autistic children. She explained the PECS program to me, and how to implement it at home; she also showed me this amazing tool that the children used called "Tech-Speak". It was the size of a closed laptop with empty boxes all over, The teacher showed me how you could slip different pictures in and out of the squares and there was a button under each picture were you (the parent or teacher) could record with your voice what the object or action in the square was. I started researching them only to find out they were out of our price range and we were going to need some help providing one of these devices to our much needed son. Assistance with purchasing this device will eliminate much of our families wasted time trying to figure out what Gavin is trying to tell us, so that he can function and thrive like a normal 5 year old his age, and and allow our son the voice that he deserves. Through trials and tribulations Gavin remains one of the happiest, humblest and most hopeful kid that you will ever have the pleasure of being around. My dream, as well as my husband's is to one day be able to have a conversation with Gavin about anything really We just want to hear what he has to say. If you could find it in your heart, please help us on our journey while we are "Searching for Gavin's Voice..."
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