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Dad of Autistic Child Spreads Christmas Spirit With Generosity

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Autism, Behavioral Health, Mental HealthMany parents know the panicky feeling of misplacing something their child can't live without, a favorite "blankie", a fuzzy rabbit, a stuffed bear. Eventually the kids outgrow their dependence on an object and move on and up as they mature.

But for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD), that lost item could trigger serious health problems. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have restrictive and ritualistic behaviors that affect their eating habits.

This may present as preferring certain foods exclusively or only being able to use one utensil. ASD kids would have a meltdown if something disturbs or interferes with their routine. They may refuse to eat or drink.

For one father whose ASD son had used the same sippy cup his whole life, the situation became critical. Marc Carter of Devon, England, saw that his son's Tomee Tippee cup was beyond showing signs of wear; it was deteriorating. Ben would never drink out of anything other than his blue sippy cup. The company had stopped making the cup years ago, and Marc was frantic. Ben had twice been hospitalized for dehydration when the cup was misplaced.

He turned to the web, hoping that someone on social media would hear of his problem and have one of the old cups in a box with rattles and mobiles. The response was more than he could have hoped for.

Tommee Tippee came to the rescue. They found the original mold and have promised that Ben will have a "lifetime supply and that his family won't ever have to worry about finding another cup." Marc said it was "better than winning the lottery."

His successful crusade to help Ben has inspired Marc to connect with others with ASD children. His gratitude has moved him to do what he can to help. A friend he made online is a U.S. Army veteran whose severely autistic son is also blind. The boys problems incur expenses beyond what insurance will cover. The vet is struggling financially and Marc is partnering with other fathers in America to make sure this vet and his family "have a great Christmas."

If you have a passion to help those with ASD and are looking for a position in this field, please contact us. And to hear other stories about this and related topics, visit the Behavioral and Mental Health sections of our blog.

 

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