Zach Got His Boost. Now lets help others
Organized by: Sarah Tabah
Paying it Forward
February 07, 2017
Zachary's story follows but he has done fantastically well with his therapists, camp and other support. His mom is now ready and able to help other children and adults reach their potential.
Starting a business in Quebec isnt easy, and doing so as a single mother of twins with their own disabilities is even harder. But now more than ever I realize how important it is for kids without formal diagnoses accepted by our health care system for publically funded care to have access to treatment. So I want to be able to offer affordable, sliding scale services.
visit www.facebook.com/stbehaviour to know more about the services I am ready to offer now.
I have a dream. I want to help adolescents and young adults with disabilities live up to their potential. A diagnosis does not mean you have to be trapped living with your parents, in school until you are 21 and left on your own after to figure out how to become a contributing member of society. Sometimes what gets in the way are challenges of self-regulation and behaviour management. Sometimes its that learning autonomous living skills has been hard. These are all things I can help with and have extensive experience doing so.
Its time to pay it forward.
Zachary is a gregarious adorable 6yr old who lives at home with his twin sister and his mother. He has a significant motor delay (cause unknown but possibly motor dyspraxia/ developmental coordination disorder) and moderate-severe ADHD. In Quebec where he lives once diagnosed there is little to no services for a child like Zachary. He got excellent help through private Occupational Therapy and has done exceptionally well. Where we were once concerned about autism spectrum disorder all the intervention and work his mother and his therapists have put in as well as his own outgoing determined nature has helped him thankfully not meet criteria or be impaired by the things many kids would be. but he still struggles. The challenges of everyday living still get to him. At 6 while his peers have mastered almost all independent skills except maybe their shoe laces he is still struggling to brush his teeth, wipe his bum or eat without spilling. But he is miles from where he was without Occupational Therapy. However in May his mother learned that she no longer had a job to return to after a prolonged battle with pericarditis, an arrhythmia and Anorexia Nervosa that included a hospital stay. Still unable to return to work full time she is dependant on employment insurance and can no longer afford private therapy. For this reason she opened her son a bank account of his own specifically to raise money for his therapy. He does well with 45min to 1 hr of occupational therapy a week and at least one structured sport or social activity a week. This costs approximately 100-150$ a week. So the goal is to raise 7,800$ to cover this for one year. Zachary's mother has been working with kids and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism for the last 11 years and will use any money raised in excess of this to offer her services as a consultant to parents in similar predicaments as her. Children who cannot access public services or have minimal access and whose parents cannot afford the cost of private therapy.