I have been sitting on this post for almost a month now.
I am not sure why.
Maybe, it’s because I don’t know how to accurately and fully communicate my thoughts.
When something is so close to your heart….sharing it can make you feel so vulnerable.
I suppose my fears of failure and inadequacy need to take a backseat.
This is why…
There are so many military families with special needs children that need help. That need just a little extra support. Just that one thing that could set up their whole family for success…to have hope to experience a “normal” life…something that can transform merely surviving into THRIVING!
What could do this?
In our personal experience, it can come from the STAR Center located just south of Denver, CO. The treatment received there is like nothing else in the country. They have a team of support for not just the child, but for the whole family….from siblings to grandparents. Their team includes OT therapists, Speech therapists, Pediatrician, Eating Specialists, Psychologists, Family and Marriage Counselors and on and on.
We were fortunate enough to take our son there for the first time in the fall of 2010. This was a huge blessing for our family. We were moved from Scott AFB to USAFA in Colorado Springs in June. My husband left about a week after we moved into our house for a year long remote tour(12 month assignment without family) in Osan, South Korea.
So, you can imagine the stress and anxiety that a 4 year old with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism would experience when his whole world changed and his rock, his dad, was across the world from him.
Our time at the STAR Center fundamentally changed our family, for the better. To make a list and go into detail about our experiences would take many more posts….and, perhaps, I will do just that in the near future, but, for now, let me just simply describe it this way…
For so long, I walked through every day feeling like a failure. I did not understand why my son was walking on his toes, hitting his head on the walls and floors while he was screaming in pain, would meltdown transitioning from one activity to another, lined up his toys obsessively, talked late and not well, wouldn’t let me hold his hand, and I could go on and on…basically, I felt like I was failing my son.
Our time at STAR is where we learned what our son needs…when he needs it, how he needs it, and WHY he needs it. This is where I learned more about how our son experiences the world around him.
The STAR Center and the times we have spent there not only nurtured the relationship with my son, but taught me so much about myself.
It set us up for success after we completed our treatment sessions. I am not saying that it is a “cure,” but maybe something even better. My son is still ‘him’ but with self-help skills and even more strategies to adapt to the world around him while maintaining his own unique self.
So, now…here we are….
What do you want to do when something has helped your family? We want to share it….
Eric and I are now helping the STAR Center and the SPD Foundation help military families with special needs kids.
We are trying to fund scholarships so that a military family…no matter WHERE they are stationed, can come and receive treatment.
Here is all the information….
The videos are quite short…only about 60-90 seconds long….
Now, here is where I’m going out even further on the limb….( I feel it shaking, or is that me?)…
I need two things:
1) Would you please consider giving $10 or even more if you are able? Every dollar we receive goes directly to the military scholarships…. If you’d like…you can push the buttons on the right side of the screen(on the indiegogo site) and you will receive autographed copies of some of the best resource books and recognition from the SPD Foundation….Or it can all remain anonymous…
2) Would you please share this with your friends and family? We only have TWO weeks left. It sounds like a lot of time, but, it really isn’t.
Ok, thank you. Thank you for reading this. Thank you for sharing this. Thank you for taking the time and investing and helping us give back.