Help Jax Stay Enrolled in Autism School!

 
Raised: $1,210.00
Goal: $12,000.00
 
 
 

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HELP JAXON STAY ENROLLED AT THE EMERALD COAST AUTISM CENTER!  Jaxon is my little seven year old cousin and he suffers from profound autism. He is currently receiving therapy at the Eme... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Jessi Malatesta 12 months ago

We gave Jaxon a hair cut and now he looks like a young British Lord. It's adorable. My aunt mentioned that she was going to cut his hair to his therapist and she literally stood up, speechless. My aunt quickly assured her that we would never cut off all his long, golden hair! His Farrah Fawcett locks are his trademark! He wouldn't look like himself without that hair! :)

 
 
 

Updated posted by Jessi Malatesta 14 months ago

Jaxon performed in his school's Valentine Day's play this week! He clapped his hands and blew kisses and stomped his feet all on cue! He is learning new mands and we've been working on the words "in," "out," "fish," and "cookie." We've also started work on "bead," as he has discovered that he LOVES playing with Mardi Gras beads! Please help us reach our goal! With a service dog, Jaxon's progress would be off the charts!!

 
 
 

Updated posted by Jessi Malatesta 15 months ago

AND WE'VE PASSED $1000!! I've been making and selling custom bracelets throughout the holiday season, and that's where the latest donation came from! Much love to everyone who bought a bracelet! We're almost a quarter of the way there!! Hurray!

 
 
 
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Created by Jessi Malatesta on August 4, 2012

HELP JAXON STAY ENROLLED AT THE EMERALD COAST AUTISM CENTER! 

Jaxon is my little seven year old cousin and he suffers from profound autism. He is currently receiving therapy at the Emerald Coast Autism Center and has been for the last two years. He has made AMAZING gains in that time period, and his therapists love him to bits! Unfortunately, one of his scholarships was only temporary and it runs out in April! When his scholarship runs out, he will not be able to continue his education at the Emerald Coast Autism Center! ECAC is willing to work with us, but we need to raise $12,000! FAST!

WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT?

The Emerald Coast Autism Center is the only facility in our area that correctly implements Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. This teaching system, known as ABA therapy, is the only method proven to help autistic children. Autism is a developmental disability that impairs a person's ability to understand his or her surroundings. ABA therapy uses a complex system of repetition and rewards to teach children how to interpret the world around them and act appropriately. Jaxon has been at the East Coast Autism Center for two years, and he has made magnificent strides. He no longer lives in his own little bubble, but would rather play and interact with his family. A year ago he would have simply grabbed his dinner off of his plate and run away to eat it. Now he sits patiently at the table and eats with the family! He gives hugs and kisses and happily asks to “eat” and “go” and “spin.” His vocabulary is limited to about 15 words, but he has learned to recognize many diverse objects, people, and places. We can not adequately express the progress he has made in his years at ECAC. He is a completely different child than he was two years ago, and with your help he can continue to grow and thrive!


IF WE CAN NOT RAISE THE FUNDS WE NEED, JAX WILL HAVE TO ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOL, WHERE HE WILL UNLEARN EVERYTHING HE HAS SPENT TWO YEARS LEARNING!


This is an unfortunate truth of the situation. Jax had to attend public school for a short time a few years ago, and, despite our best efforts, he lost many words, appropriate behaviors, and completely forgot all of his potty training! The public school setting is not a place for a child like Jaxon. He needs active therapy, not just a babysitter! After two years at ECAC, he has finally regained everything he lost and has learned much much more. It would be tragic to push him back into the public school setting.


HOWEVER!


With your help, we can keep Jax in the school he needs to be in! Your donation will help Jaxon live a happier, healthier life! Won't you donate today and help change a little boy's life? I mean really, how can you say no to that face?

 
 
 
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Please help this little boy! I know him personally! He is a very sweet child! I went canoeing with him, his older brother, and his parents! We has such a great day, and Jaxon loved being outside! He would sleep outside if he could! His mom was born in Greenville and I have known her since she was Jaxon age. They are a great family and an inspiration to all who know them. Your donation will help him get a Dog specially trained to assist Jaxon in socialization as well as protecting Jaxon from hurting himself! Your donation will be greatly appreciated!!! Thank You, C L

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