City, State: OR
Club: Hanby Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 510
Date Adopted: 6/07/2010
Eddy's Story:(1.19.11) Nationwide, 1 out of 150 children are affected by autism. In Oregon, the numbers are 1 out of every 89. Three-year-old Eddy Palmer is one of these children who is experiencing autism and is struggling to grow up in a world that he doesn't understand. At its root, autism is a neurological disorder that causes kids to experience the world very differently from the way most other kids do. It greatly impacts development in the areas of social interaction and communication. Eddy's diagnosis came in November 2009, after his parents and doctors noticed that Eddy hadn't been meeting his developmental goals for some time. Eddy would not make eye contact with anyone, would not speak, and seemed to be very much in his own world. He also has difficult sleeping and currently takes medication to help him get the sleep that he needs. Thankfully, Eddy receives therapy (both at his home and at school) twice a week from autism therapists, which is making a world of difference for this little boy. Though still considered non-verbal, Eddy is beginning to say words and is learning to communicate through the use of cue cards. This therapy is also crucial in helping Eddy to cope with his numerous sensory issues. Like most kids with autism, loud noises, bright lights, or certain textures can cause Eddy pain or discomfort, making it difficult and challenging for his parents to take him to public places. Even though Eddy experiences autism, there are many things that Eddy can and does enjoy. He loves music, movies, playing with tools, and takes every opportunity he can to be outside. Children with autism need much support and thankfully, Eddy has this. With continued support and understanding, this special little boy will continue to experience progress in his daily life.