4th Annual Christine Padasak Memorial Autism Awareness 5k and Family Fun Walk at the Children’s League, Springville, NY
It seems as though Autism is in the news a lot these days. Much discussion surrounds the relative increase in incidence of this life long neurobiological disorder. Not all that long ago the documented incidence rate was about 1 in 600 children. The most recent epidemiological research suggests that it occurs in about 1 in 50 children. We really don’t know what causes Autism or why the numbers have increased so. We do know what works with regard to diminishing the life long impact of this very troubling disorder.
At The Children’s League (formally known as the Preschool Learning Center) in Springville, NY there is a highly specialized program with staff specifically trained to address the core issues of Autism. Research shows that hitting those core symptoms early with intensive behaviorally based instruction results in best outcomes. Autism formidably challenges children in areas often taken for granted in typically developing children. For example, communicating with one’s parents and peers is commonly very difficult. Even the development of simple play skills can be elusive for sufferers of this invasive disorder. The challenges are huge subsequently necessitating efforts well beyond those afforded by most preschool programs.
Standard educational practices do not tend to give children with Autism the intensive levels of support they need. Extra effort and resources are essential. Yet, in this difficult economic time, with educational budgets already constrained we struggle to come up with the resources to do the extra things that really make a difference. To accomplish great things, one has to do great things. In order for The Children’s League do great things – they need your help.
The Kiwanis of Springville are holding the 4th Annual Christine Padasak Memorial Autism Awareness 5k and Family Fun Walk at the Children’s League (TCL) on August 10th, 2013. Last year’s event successfully raised over $10,000 for the Autism Program at the TCL. The money has been put to good use to upgrade instructional and curriculum materials, technology, and training and consultation to ensure that great things continue happening. This August the event will go on as it did last year with the 5k, a Family Fun Walk, a deluxe Pancake Breakfast along with games and activities for the entire family following the race and walk. Registration begins at 8 am. The 5K will commence at 9:30 AM with the walk starting shortly thereafter. Following the race and walk there will be a Deluxe Pancake Breakfast including eggs and sausage. Additional family friendly activities will be held in the park like setting behind the Preschool. In addition to the play structures and beautifully shaded grassy play areas, there will be a bounce house and carnival style children's games. There will also be a basket raffle and door prizes. Come for the event even if you do not plan to run or walk. Bring the entire family and enjoy good food and fun and support a good cause
Please go to the school’s web site http://preschoollearningcenter.org or http://plc5k.kintera.org for more information about the school, the Autism Program, the event itself, and registration materials. Please feel to contact Dr. Gerry Guild email@example.com or 716-592-9331 for questions about the Autism Program and/or the event itself.