30 Faces of Autism – Day 28 | Annapolis Outdoor Photographer | Autism Awareness

A challenge very real to autism families is the financial responsibilities that come with the diagnosis. Families spend an average of $20,000 to 30,000 per year for autism related costs. Often times insurance covers little to none of the therapies that are needed for the children to benefit and thrive, so parents are forced to pay out of pocket. Therapies include, but aren’t limited to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), speech therapy, social skills therapy, occupational therapy, feeding clinics, and behavior therapy. Family income can also be impacted if one parent has to leave a full time job or take a less demanding job to manage the time demands of therapies and to care for their child when a daycare environment isn’t possible.

John is 8 years old and in the 2nd grade. He has 3 brothers…Caleb is 9, Gavin is 5 and Kellan is 5 months. He doesn’t have any pets but really likes dogs. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 22 months old.

John likes to watch movies, ride bikes, jump on the trampoline, dance, and wrestle with his dad and brothers. He likes playing with and his favorite movie is Finding Nemo. He really loved it when his family traveled to Florida.

John’s greatest struggles have been his health challenges. From strep, colon blockages, sleep apnea and most recently epilepsy. He didn’t start sleeping through the night until he was 6 years old, and his greatest accomplishment has been going all night without having an accident in his bed.

He really likes school and enjoys all subjects, but likes are the most. He’s not so good at vacuuming, and enjoys breaking his brothers Lego projects. His favorite foods are meat, and he doesn’t prefer vegetables.

John is the most interesting child his parents have ever met, and also the most fun. His mom thinks he would make a great marine biologist when he grows up because he loves sea creatures, especially sharks.

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