Why We Walk for Autism

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Oct 1, 2012   Category: Archive  

“Jump…with…me”. Three simple words that to most would mean nothing, but for this 3 year old little boy those words meant everything. I remember hearing him from across the room and looking directly at the other therapist. “Did he just say what I think he said?” We both looked at each other “Jump… with …me”, he stated again holding his hands out for the therapist. She grabbed his hands, and they began to jump together.

For months I had watched them work toward this moment. Each week this adorable 3 year old would come bounding into the building running toward the trampoline stating one simple word “jump”. As he held out his hands his occupational therapist would encourage him, “jump with me”. “Jump” he would reply, smiling and grabbing her hands. But that day was different as he climbed up on the trampoline and held out his hands three amazing words followed “jump with me”.

For many 3 year olds verbalizing their needs comes easy, but for a child with autism communication can be one of the most difficult aspects of everyday life. Every 11 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. That’s a startling 1 in every 88 children. With this diagnosis becoming more and more prevalent so does the need for advocacy and awareness. Autism Speaks is holding their annual Walk for Autism on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Forest Park.

It’s the “Jump with me” moments that remind us why we walk. We walk to advocate and to educate others on this disorder that is impacting so many. We walk to not only support our kiddos but also their parents. We walk to encourage them in moments of frustration and celebrate with them in moments of triumph. We walk so that every kiddo can have their “jump with me” moment.

Come out and join us for the Autism Walk on Saturday October 13th at Forest Park. Need a team?? Join ours! The team name is Leaps & Bounds and each team member will receive a FREE team t-shirt. Simply follow the link below and type in ‘Leaps & Bounds’ under the “Join/Support a Team” tab. Registration begins at 8:30 followed by the walk at 10:00. Be sure to come visit us at our resource table. We look forward to seeing you there!

http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1011310.

-Trina Blackwood, MOT, OTR/L

3 Responses to “Why We Walk for Autism”

  1. Bob says:

    As the Daddy of this little 3 year old, I can only say that the depth of care and compassion you feel for all “your kids”, including my little angel is truly amazing. You are all great people and the work you have done with my son is appreciated so very, very much. I cannot thank you enough for being a unbelievable resource in my family’s life. Colin’s favorite day of the week is Wednesday when he gets to come and visit his friends at Leaps and Bounds.

  2. judy pratte says:

    I am Colin’s grandma and am with him every Thursday. He is a beautiful child and has shown so many ways of expressing his love and feelings. I am so impressed with the progress Colin has shown because of Leaps and Bounds. He loves going there, and I know he will continue to progress and communicate his feelings and needs more and more. He is so special.

  3. Diana says:

    This little boy is my son, and I love him so much! He has a lot to say, but because of his disability it is 100 times harder for him than a typical child his age. I will never forget that day. He was so proud of himself, and his face showed it with a million dollar smile. He not only said, “Jump with me” once, but several times. I was so proud of him it brought me to tears! His therapist was just as proud of him…I was hugging her and hugging him and crying. It was a moment I will never forget!!! This was one of the only three word phrases he had ever said in his life. He continues to make progress, and I want to thank you, the wonderful people at Leaps and Bounds, for your nuturing and caring environment! And a special “Thanks” to my son’s wonderful therapists. My son has 2 wonderful therapists! You are the best girls!!! You have supported my son, me, and my family through difficult times and celebrated with us wonderful moments like these. I pray for more “Jump with me” moments everyday. Thanks for this wonderful story, and everything you do! We love you!!!

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