Thursday, May 6, 2010

Autism Speaks Walk

I am so excited because I have decided to be the Team Captain for the Autism Speaks Walk in OKC on October 16th of this year. I have been thinking about it for a while now and have finally decided its something I really need to do.
Gibson was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) which is on the Autism Spectrum. Basically Gibson has Autistic tendencies, but cant be given the diagnosis of Autism or Aspergers. The Autism spectrum is so much more than just those two diseases. There are so many levels of Autism that people just don't know about, and there are still a ton of things that I still don't know. Gibson is currently in speech therapy, and behavioral therapy that are both doing wonders to help him develop his vocabulary, communication, and social skills (which are all specific traits that Gibson has issues with).
I really believe that there is so much more to learn about this disease, and I truly believe that I can be a small part in helping that research happen. I would love to get the word out to as many people as possible about what Autism is really all about, and I think this will be a great way to do it.
If anyone has any suggestions on a team name please let me know. I am wanting to incorporate Gibson's name into it somehow and have gotten some good suggestions via FB already. Also, if you want to help out in any way with our walk let me know. Once I have a team name I will be applying to be a Captain and I will have a page on the Autism Speaks website for our team that will allow people to make donations.

I am excited about this journey in getting to know more about the disease that not only effects my Gibson, but so many other kids out there. I cant wait to see where this takes us!

1 comment:

Elizabeth Herren said...

I am with you!! I would love to walk with you and help in anyway that I can!!
Elizabeth Herren