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Boy Scouts of America Supporting Children with Special Abilities

This is Part 2 of my Boy Scouts of America sponsored post.  As I said in the other post, I was only asked to write one.  I just could not fit all that I wish to share into one post.  This post is dedicated to sharing special moments that my son and husband have had with their Boy Scout troop.

My husband and son love to go camping with their troop.  They missed out on the last two summers, because of my son’s issues with his ears, but were able to go this summer.  They had a great time.  I never thought my son would be able to learn how to fish.  Given the fine and gross motor skills involved in that task, I believed that it was an unachievable skill.  I was, once again, proven wrong.  Thanks to the Boy Scouts, that has happened a few times.

They were on their one-week, overnight camping trip at Raven Knobb, NC, when this accomplishment happened.  My son was working on his fishing badge, with the help of my husband.  It took the whole week, but my son was able to learn the skills needed to catch a fish on the last day.  With the help of a skilled instructor, they were able to locate the best location to cast a line on the last day.  It took a lot of patience for both my son and husband, but my son was able to catch a fish just before time ran out.  When my husband shared this story with me, I was so happy.  And extremely proud.

On a previous camping trip, my son learned how to tie knots.  Most people would think that this is an easy task.  For a child with poor fine motor skills, it is a huge accomplishment.  I was lucky that my husband was able to get a picture of this for me.  It is one of my prized pictures.

Over the years, my son has repeatedly accomplished things with the Boy Scouts that amaze me.  He has learned to not roam around wherever he wants during outings.  He sticks to an area that has been approved.  The other Scout Leaders and scouts help to keep an eye on my son.  The boys share their snacks with him, too.  Although, one young scout learned to be careful about offering my son chips.  During one camping trip, a boy in his troop came up to my husband and this little conversation occurred:

“I offered D. some of my chips.” (the young scout)

“That was very nice of you.  Thank you.”  (My husband)

“Ummm…. Could you ask him if I can have the bag back? (the young scout)

Everyone that heard this laughed, and my husband went and got the chips back for the young boy.  My son loves chips.  All the boys quickly adapted and now either offer a chip from their fingers, or a bag of for for my son.  The other Scout Leaders also learned that the easiest way to get my son to cooperate during a Scout Master meeting for rank is by promising a small bag of chips when it was over.

Our Boy Scout troop has been amazing.  For an autistic child that is low-functioning, it is difficult to be able to be involved in an activity away from home for as many years as my son has.  I have found that it is a blessing that the Boy Scouts of America look at my son and see him, and not Autism.  When we meet a scout, or a Scout Leader, in the community, they always greet him by name with a big smile.  He is accepted, and always encouraged when learning new things.

Our Journey With The Boy Scouts of America

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I am proud to being doing a sponsored post with the Boy Scouts of America. They wanted me to share our family’s story about being involved with the Boy Scouts. This is only supposed to be one post, but I am going to split it up into two. Why? Because I can not . . . → Read More: Our Journey With The Boy Scouts of America

Sniff Test Can Be A Short and Quick Way to Diagnose Autism

Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) is a life long disease with neurological impairments. If we go deep, then according to geneticists, autism is purely genetic. Not only that, but it has been revealed that more than 500 genetic variants are responsible for this spectrum of disorders, ASD. That’s the reason why all . . . → Read More: Sniff Test Can Be A Short and Quick Way to Diagnose Autism

Documentary About a Group with Special Needs

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(Press Release) On May 30, four guys began their journey of traveling 6,000 miles – an experience that will change them for a lifetime. It may seem like just another cross-country road trip to the west coast, but it couldn’t be further from ordinary. These four guys are part of “Guys Group,” a . . . → Read More: Documentary About a Group with Special Needs

Factors Behind Unemployment and Isolation of Autistic Young Adults

Reaching adulthood from childhood is a significant milestone in anyone’s life. However, for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the transition from childhood to adulthood is quite difficult. Autistic individuals face a number of challenges right from their early childhood. As these people reach adulthood, unemployment becomes a major challenge for them . . . → Read More: Factors Behind Unemployment and Isolation of Autistic Young Adults

Easier Dentist Trips for Children With Autism

(Press Release)LOS ANGELES—Going to the dentist might have just gotten a little less scary for the estimated 1 in 68 U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children with dental anxiety, thanks to new research from USC.

 

In an article published on May 1 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, . . . → Read More: Easier Dentist Trips for Children With Autism

Octopus Enrichment Program Begins at SEA LIFE Aquarium

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(Press Release)CONCORD, N.C. (April 30, 2014) – Today, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium (SEA LIFE) launched a new creature educational program, Octopus Enrichment. The program is designed to mentally stimulate SEA LIFE’s resident Giant Pacific octopus, Ruby. With proper engagement, Giant Pacific octopuses can develop the mental capacity of a five-year-old.

 

During daily . . . → Read More: Octopus Enrichment Program Begins at SEA LIFE Aquarium

Spectrum of Hope Musical Theater

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(Press Release)NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 20, 2015 – SPECTRUM OF HOPE is the story of 10 musical theater students, their families, and their teachers as they journey from P94M, their special needs school in New York City’s Lower East Side, to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. A celebration of the life-altering power . . . → Read More: Spectrum of Hope Musical Theater

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