Help Jax Stay Enrolled in Autism School!

$1,210 of $12k goal

Raised by 21 people in 49 months
Jessi Malatesta   DESTIN, FL

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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Update 6
41 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! :)
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Update 5
43 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!!
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Update 4
44 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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Update 3
46 months ago
Jaxon has been potty training for over a week and he hasn't had an accident since Tuesday! He's really getting the hang of it! The M&M's are also a great motivator! Can you imagine how much he'll accomplish with a big fluffy DOG as a motivator?? :)
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Charles Lillo
46 months ago

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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$1,210 of $12k goal

Raised by 21 people in 49 months
Created August 4, 2012
Jessi Malatesta     Medical   DESTIN, FL
$10
Anonymous
42 months ago
SL
$15
Sara Latka
44 months ago
$288
Anonymous
44 months ago
$50
Jessi Malatesta
44 months ago
$10
Anonymous
44 months ago
RM
$100
Ralph and Debbie Malatesta
45 months ago
$50
Anonymous
46 months ago
$20
Sybyl Stringer
46 months ago
$35
Anonymous
46 months ago
$50
Anonymous
46 months ago
Charles Lillo
46 months ago

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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