Gavin's AAC Device

$810 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 10 people in 26 days
Hello! My name is Victoria and I am mom to two amazing boys that are my world. I have created this go fund me for my oldest son Gavin. He was officially diagnosed with autism on 9-19-16, it is a day I will never forget. It was one thing to go from suspecting and wondering if something was wrong with my son to hearing it from the neurologist and seeing it in writing. It was suddenly REAL. Immediately after the diagnosis he was put into various therapies and has made a ton of progress thus far, which I am extremely proud of  but we have a long way to go. The biggest obstacle is speech.  My son is 5yrs old and doesn't speak. He babbles and says a couple words but is considered non-verbal. His speech therapist and I have been working with him on an ipad so he can transition into an AAC device which stands for (Augmentative and alternative communication) there are various forms of AAC that can be utilized however, it varies greatly for each person depending on their needs.  My son needs a device that talks for him when he pushes the buttons. AAC devices can range from $3000 to as much as $11,000 each utilizing different softwares and advanced technology like eye scanning. There are also some for $400-500 which is similar to what we are using now with the ipad. However, I want to transition him into something better and get a device that he will be able to grow with and use for many years to come. With the help of his therapist we have found a couple we feel will benefit him tremendously. I recently had to switch my insurance and it is going to be a mission n take time to get a device, time that my son does not have to waste. He has gone long enough without having a voice and I refuse to let more time go by. Studies even show that with the help of AAC devices there is the possibility  of speech development even if a child is older than 5-8 yrs old. The money raised will be going towards purchasing my son his own AAC device. This go fund me is half the cost of the device I want to get for my son and the other half I will be coming up with on my own. Thank you so much for reading this if you made it this far. 32360840_1534989529176423_r.jpeg
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