Ender is a sweet and caring young boy. Did I mention he LOVES dinosaurs, from his earliest days he has always loved dinosaurs. Ender is also Autistic, he was diagnosed at the age of four. Being first time parents, my husband and I could not understand why we were having so much trouble with Ender. He just didn’t seem to act like other kids his age. At Ender’s four year well-check, our doctor suggested getting Ender “tested“, those tests showed that our son was Autistic. A frightening diagnosis, but it was a bit a relief for me. I mean, it was good to know what was going on, and quite honestly things got much better around the house just understanding what was really happening with our son.
We were given the advice to address the issue as soon as possible, we also learned that early intervention is key to helping Autistic Spectrum kids adjust to a hopefully normal life. We immediately enrolled Ender in, what turned out to be a spectacular pre-school program run through The University of Montana. The Co-Teach Program and its method of purposefully uniting children of all abilities dramatically improved Ender’s life skills. At Co-Teach Ender learned to cope with the issues that make life so difficult for kids with Autism. I vehemently believe that Ender could not be where he is today without the help of the caring people who developed, and run the Co-Teach Program.
Now, Ender goes to public school and is in the second grade. He wants to be a Paleontologist when he grows up. He loves everything about dinosaurs and often draws pictures of them. Over time Ender’s drawings have become more complex and interesting. Even the way he draws is interesting, primarily he follows one line to complete the image rather than mapping out the shape. It is hard to explain, but watching Ender draw is quite fascinating. Recently Ender’s Dad suggested we make t-shirts for Ender using his drawings.
The response we have received so far has been positive, which sparked an idea. We decided to sell Ender’s drawings on T-shirts and donate a portion of the proceeds to Autism Education Services. We feel it is vital for kids like Ender to be diagnosed early, and get the help they require. If their needs are addressed early all kids like Ender can have a real shot at a regular life. Our son got that chance, and we want to help other children get that same chance at a fulfilling life.
Follow this link to brouse or place an order for Ender's Tees. http://www.stitchesmontana.com/Tees_For_A_CAUSE
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