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With your help, Aaron, an autistic child, can afford learning equipment to help him speak.

My son, Aaron seem like a normal child when he was born. As a baby he giggled, crawled to me, ate, etc. Right after he turned one he came down with pneumonia and was hospitalized overnight. After that I noticed a dramatic change in his appetite. He stopped eating and only drank milk and juice. He stopped making baby gibberish. I never heard my baby call me "mama". At the age of four he was diagnosed by a child neurologist with pervasive developmental disorder, a form of autism.
Today Aaron is 7 years old. Unfortunately, like many marriages involving a child with autism, Aaron's father and I have divorced. Regardless I try my best to make him a happy child. He's goes to school in a confined class for autistic boys. He has speech therapy two days a week. He's using more words now and I finally heard him say the word mommy.
50% of autistic children have extreme difficulty learning to speak, 25% of them never will. Communication devices are extremely expensive and with the economy these days, affording such gadgets is hard for a single mother. Any donations will contribrute to Aaron's speech therapy. I am hoping to get him an iTouch/iPad. It has specially designed apps that help autistic children learn and communicate. I am also hoping that with the help of you all, we can also provide the other boys in Aaron's class each an iPad of their own.

If you have any questions, or suggestions or just need to contact me, please email me at aliciaandaaron@live.com.

All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated. Thank you so much!
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