LIFT UP AUTISM
Saturday, 9/23/2017 over 1,000 gyms gave 5 minutes for autism. Crossfit 845 in Poughkeepsie was one of those gyms that raised money to various foundations for research and personal development for families and individuals in the autism community. Check out Lift Up Autism.
What is Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Let us start with this, there are a wide range of challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Autism is not contagious, it cannot be "outgrown", it looks different for each person that is diagnosed. Here are a few things to know:
People with autism will have deficits in three areas
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Social awareness and interactions
- Imaginative play (regarding young children, they have difficulty with this)
Say Hi to Alex!
Alex is my son and he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (just a different way of saying, he is on the austim spectrum). Autism makes life loud for Alex. He sees and feels the world differently than we do. How so?
Day to Day Activities
Haircuts can only be done by Guchi. He is a local barber where I live and he manages to always remain calm when Alex starts to panic when the clippers touch his head. Thank you Guchi for a steady hand and the patience of a saint.
Alex can't wear band-aids. You know that sticky residue left over after a band-aid is taken off? Well, that is just a sensory overload mess for him.
For a long time hand dryers were the worst for Alex. The sound of the dryer would make him panic. So, picture this... I am at the Bronx Zoo and I'm with my son, at the time four years old and my daughter two. I made a stop to the bathroom and BAM, someone walks in to wash their hands. As soon as the hand dryer was turned on, Alex escapes the bathroom while I'm still on the toilet. Yup.. pulling up pants and and I'm rushing out to get him.
Guys, Alex is doing great! Yeah, as each year he gets older there are new challenges. But I attribute his steady progress to early intervention. At an early age there were red flags that made me bring Alex to a developmental pediatrician for a diagnosis. But I knew what to look for because I have a degree in childhood special education. For many parents getting a diagnosis happens later in life for their children. Early detection and appropriate services is important for all children with developmental delays/disorders.
Fundraisers like LIFT UP AUTISM are important for families in the autism community. Before you donate, always research about where the money goes, to make sure it's being used to help families directly.
Crossfit 845 raised $2532.40! Here some of the good folks that participated in the 5 minute WOD, "LUKE".
5 MIN AMRAP
4 Power Cleans: 155 lbs. men/105 lbs. women
24 Double Unders
These types of fundraisers bring more awareness to autism and starts conversations that need to be had. Thank you Kevin and all those that donated!
If you have any questions for me, please, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Take care guys!
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