Fifteeen-year-old Aiden is a social butterfly. He enjoys building, drawing, and working with tape because its not messy like glue. He is always asking "why" questions and he loves learning fun facts. He recently learned how to play Uno and he really enjoys playing on the Nintendo Switch. Aiden has also recently learned how to use a telephone and he enjoys talking with everyone on it.
Aiden, and his twin brother Alex, were both diagnosed with Autism and sensory processing disorder just before their 2 year birthday. They have received various therapies since then and they continue to receive speech, occupational, physical and ABA therapies. Aiden was also diagnosed at the age of 5 with epilepsy as well.
Aiden and his brother attend the Heidt Center of Excellence, a school for middle and high school students with autism. It provides specialized services for individuals with autism and related diagnoses, including transition to adulthood programs as well as support services for families. This program not only gives them an excellent education that focuses on their individual learning but also focuses on adult daily living skills helping them to be more confident and independent. They spend weekly time in a mock apartment learning house cleaning, cooking, laundry, paying bills and more. It will also prepare and support them in finding a job within the community.
The cost for their education is nearly $7830 each. Let's help their mom ensure that both boys will be able to continue to thrive and become more independent!
Building Blocks for Kids supports children and families who live with disabilities in a wide variety of ways. One of those ways is through our Meet A Need Medical Scholarship Program. This program allows us to meet individual needs, one child at a time.