A Walk With James

Our journey began when James was only about 4 yrs old. It was becoming clear that he was experiencing some developmental delays. He wasn't responding to simple commands, and it was very difficult for him to express or communicate what he was experiencing or feeling. We began having him tested, and it was quickly identified that he had major auditory and sensory challenges. What does that even mean? If you can imagine, it’s like walking into a room with loud, booming music and strobe lights. Then imagine people trying to talk to you, and ask you questions. That is a lot of what James faces each day. A great deal of noise and static around him, wherever he goes. Over the last 8 years, we have tirelessly tried to find somewhere that understands and has modeled their methods of teaching to help James learn to navigate through the world.

After YEARS of searching and AFTER he attended 4 schools, in 6 years, we found BCA! Bluegrass Center for Autism has been Life Changing for not only James, but our ENTIRE Family! They are truly like no other academic setting I have come across. They accept, embrace, and encourage all the beautiful things that make up James. ABA therapy has been instrumental in helping James work through some of the past trauma's that he has experienced over the years in school, while encouraging him to become the best version of himself. We have achieved more milestones in the last 12 months, than in the 8 years of endless therapies, schools, programs, ect.

This now brings me to "The Ask"....The yearly total for tuition and outsides services for James is roughly $40K. Last year, with some help, combined with literally every dollar that we made, we managed to cover the cost. I am in the process of applying for several grants to help with his tuition, but have been encouraged by many friends and loved ones to share his story. We are committed to go to any length to help him soar, and this fundraiser can insure that happens. We are also in the process of putting an event together in the next few months for everyone to come together to celebrate James in person, but until then, we ask that you help in any way that you can. Please pass this along to anyone and everyone that you know who has been touched by Autism. Or Hasn't! Awareness and sharing of knowledge is something that ALL of us can be part of. I will be posting different stories, videos, and updates every few days, so please check in often! I want you to feel part of his journey and the amazing progress he is making!

The information and the videos below gives some insight to ABA therapy and BCA’s Model, along with parents stories regarding what BCA has meant to their child and their families!

BCA Model :
Teach to Learn. Learn to Live.
Bluegrass Center for Autism’s (BCA) model is an integrated approach which blends Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech-Language Therapy, motor skills training, peer interaction instruction, independent living skills and other individualized programming. We offer a 1:1 child-instructor ratio in most of our teams, resulting in the most intensely individualized programming available.

They understand that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are successful when exposed to multiple opportunities to acquire, master, maintain, and generalize skills within a variety of settings. Our highly structured days deliver a concentrated experience to meet each child’s specific needs and promote his or her learning potential. We use evidence-based treatment to create a therapeutic setting to maximize a child’s ability to communicate, learn, adapt, and be successful.

BCA utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) based techniques individualized to each learner while focusing on the development of communication, functional programming, social skills and life skills. ABA involves the use of objective data to make decisions and determine how well goals are being achieved. The data we collect guides us when a change in programming needs to be made or when a learner is ready to move to a more advanced skill.


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