Now that school is back in session, routines are finally starting to settle in. I want to take a moment to update you about some upcoming events Lowcountry Therapy Center is excited about!
On Saturday, October 1st, there are two fun events to attend.
- First, Fish With Friends is a fun opportunity for children and adults with special needs to accompany fishermen out on their boats to experience fishing firsthand. Following, there is a big cookout for all the fishermen, children, and families to enjoy. This event is FREE, but registration ends Monday, September 19. Sign-up sheets are available in both clinics, and we will fax them for you if you return them to us by Friday, September 16th.
- The Step Forward to Cure TSC Walk is at 10 am at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island. All proceeds will go to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. A little girl at Lowcountry Therapy, who is commonly known as Super Chloe, fights a life-threatening genetic disease called tuberous sclerosis complex. TSC affects people in a variety of ways, causing tumors in the brain, eyes, heart, kidneys, skin and lungs. It is the leading known genetic cause of epilepsy and autism. About 50% of people with TSC have autism, and roughly 85% percent have seizures at some point in their lives. Some will develop cancer. Because of the relationship between TSC and autism, epilepsy and cancer, research into TSC could bring about treatments or even cures for these other conditions such as AUTISM!! Chloe is considered to have a mild case of TSC, but she does have tumors in her brain, skin and one eye. She also has epilepsy, polycystic kidney disease and ADHD. Chloe is doing great right now. She receives three different types of therapies at Lowcountry Therapy Center, and requires quarterly labwork, checkups with specialists every six months and a lot of medication. Chloe will eventually need a kidney transplant. To sign up for LTC’s team and to support Super Chloe, register here. Don't forget to dress like your favorite superhero!
On Saturday, October 15th, there are also two events to attend.
- The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America’s (CASANA) first annual Lowcountry SC Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® will take place at 10 am at Pigeon Point Park in Beaufort, South Carolina. CAS is a neurological, motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. The brain has difficulty coordinating the movements of the lips, jaw, tongue, etc., which are required to process speech. Children with CAS are able to fully comprehend language, but they are unable to express themselves with their own voices. Register for the walk here!
- The 6th Annual Coastal Empire Beach Festival event through Surfers For Autism takes place on Tybee Island. At these events, children with autism are exposed to surfing by being provided a safe environment where two to four highly skilled and trained surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. Our surfers and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, bounce houses, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost. This is a very special day where children with ASD interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities. Register here!
We are also very excited to participate in and promote the FARE Teal Pumpkin Project, making sure that ALL children, including those with food allergies and special diets, get to enjoy trick-or-treating and other Halloween festivities. More details to come on this later!
Author: Krista Flack, MS OTR/L