Organized by: Tyler Middleton
Meet Kestrel K!
Kestrel is two and a half years old. He is bright, joyful, energetic, and eager. Kestrel loves to play in water, watches and listens to Peter, Paul, and Mary for hours every day, love trains and cars, building things and bubbles, instruments and symphonic music, Daniel Tiger and every single story-book he's ever encountered. He loves the colour blue, drums and drumming, and has the most infectious giggle you will ever hear. He is a delight; a veritable little ray of sunshine.
Kestrel is the youngest of three siblings, all of whom are autistic. Kestrel is the most profoundly effected of the three. Kestrel also has a significant, severe feeding delay, which limits and impacts his day to day life and activities.
Kestrel has extraordinarily limited expressive language. He spends a good portion of his time spinning and running in circles, which brings him great joy and unending pleasure. Kestrel struggles with routines, socialization, mental flexibility, and quite often his feelings are far too large for him to cope with. Kestrel communicates with an assistive device, and wants so badly to say the things that are in his head, but he cannot seem to make into words.
Currently, Kestrel's family is embroiled in a battle with their local school district. Kestrel's family is fighting to gain and retain access to the therapies and interventions, and educational model, Kestrel is legally entitled to, and needs in order to access his education at a basic level, and one day live a independent, joyful life as an adult.
Kestrel's family is incredibly supportive of all of their children; they remain present for upwards of 50 hours per week of combined therapies and interventions. They implement necessary interventions in their daily lives. They are truly a child-centered family, who embraces a child-lead, play-based therapy model. They celebrate their children, uplift them, and help them feel safe and comfortable in a confusing, overwhelming world.
They are involved with their children's education, and Kestrel is no exception. Kestrel's home truly is his classroom, and Kestrel's family needs your help in making his classroom a positive, supportive place in which he can thrive and grow.
This year, Kestrel's family has incurred a great deal of medical expenses not covered by insurance, legal fees, and had to purchase therapeutic devices and modifications, all related to their legal battle with the local school district.
Please help Kestrel's family in their fight to gain and retain necessary and appropriate supports, therapies, and tools for him. Your donation is greatly appreciated.