Now uh the uh nearly one in fifty nine children are living with autism spectrum disorder this disorder is characterized by challenges with multiple aspects of life from social skills to nonverbal communication support is key to helping those families face lifelong battles with these disorders and others a new local nonprofit is here to help unique minds seeks to empower parents and children with special needs through support groups community awareness and scholarships to bk carne is the mother of a child with special needs and founder of unique mine thank you for being here behind me.
Ariza before we get into what unique minds is the beacon tells a little bit about your experience with autism.
Yes my daughter was diagnosed with a leo car and she was diagnosed when she was the year and a half she's nine years old today.
When she was diagnosed it was the most devastating thing they could ever happen to a parent there so many different emotion the feeling that going to that diagnosis washy and while you're waiting for that diagnosis to be given to you but it was very devastating.
I cried alot at the domino's is i didn't know what to do.
I was going around looking for different resources china on my way and i felt like it was very overwhelming for me.
So in the midst of all of the day when i did was i got into a shadow.
I created a shadow of a mess though and while in the shadow as my daughter and i was like you know what you gotta stop us the you gotta do something and in doing that what i do with i went out there live let me research by not being let me move my stuff let me push myself i went on to go to grad school indie masses the masses recently in the health counseling leash in the queue.
Thank you and through that whole process as amy going to find out the information is that you know i got to do something but apparently the avoid you know going to what i went to my daughter and you have other children as well so is this your first trip down that the first down that path it was scary for my children as well so does knowing that it was a possibility from the first one them of the children could also be within that spectrum very scary what with the signs that lead you to taking your child to get diagnosed.
Well she was that she was very late but i wanted things that would notice my other cousins their children walking and talking and look that much i don't like whoa she's not doing these things though something is not right.
Well going to her pediatrician her pediatrician a light was she just wait awhile you know could development the stomach is the leading others in his way to well maybe she'll come through me up and i was like no not so much.
Let me do what i need to do to try to figure out if something could be on our diary so to speak their occupational therapist of the airbus that some of the hey can you evaluate my chow.
I don't feel like something is right they did the evaluation come to find out she did qualify for those services.
Wow it you have to listen to your god.
Yet there's one thing that someone was that the takeaway from this interview is that you go with your god and yet your mom so you know you definitely can feel it you can know you know it you know something is just not right and so going to go i didn't think you know look at other children of the same age level research what development means your child should be doing that particular age it will give you are the clue that you need in order to take the house where she would use the euro have a lot of walking machine of the month i say i am and then you started unique miles away but about the so i bid i decided to make my diamond visiting unique miles for years didn't know how long without doing it but one thing that wanted to do was help and to rediscover their lives in the midst of care for chow with special needs.
You losers though i can be the first to say that i lost myself in the midst of that was the focus the mind chatter and then there's not enough goop i was a this out there that they hate and your first let me help you so that you can be the best for your chow and so the unique mind that what i wanted to i want to help parents to rediscover their lives to boost the workshop to raising awareness in the community let people know they ought to them is here on the lot of parents and children are being diagnosed with autism and a lot of parents of ethan dunno reality of hey i got a challenge in our way.
Right exactly and that's not the end of the world but it's the beginning of living in different way.
Exactly exactly and at death the main thing that i want to show passes that you have to lose your life in the midst of the diagnosis the diagnosis is not your town don't label them with the dinos that allowed him to be themselves allowed him to be unique.
Yes the main reason behind the organization held it on now she's nice his own hours all night and how she doing she going well she still has her therapist have health insurance they're presented her therapy center on who she didn't even deal with as she was a year and a hat and i mean the moment behind us with occupational physical speech therapy and is making sure that she had our service that's wonderful and like we were saying that it takes people to help you but you've also had some help kimberly bowman the exquisite and the love her she's been a guest of ours many many times few maybe she does everything the owner kimberly bowman is you gotta look her up because she does does about everything and she was instrumental in helping you through uni.
She was absolutely awesome she thought my business she heard what i wanted to do is you like you know what you have something here every one of them behind you.
I want to help you out because that's the one to help other day so she gave me the urge to push we can do together and now here i love that and let's talk about that event that's coming up to her love and yes the eleventh we have enough voters who support whoop for unique mind is going to be geared towards health care the health care.
I do have a free raffle a dime for gas card for pants who are there as well but is geared toward like helping parents to be able to realize the self care options a lot of parents don't know what health care is so is let them know hey this is with health care is this is how you can utilize their care in this new love in your daily life and low and how you become the lucky owner for these teachers here so you don't hold up a website unique my unhealthy that ward to get one of these anti shows you can also donate and what we have a donate button you can donate to the cars that we can get help more pants to be able to rediscover their love to help themselves.
That's wonderful these are great teachers i love the logo design that your side the beautiful thing but so is october eleven we've got an event thursday october twenty fifth one week later and the other is another support groups on just haven't passed the rediscover those those new intrepid on and also create another topic another man had different because they come out as well.
Based around autism awareness and help him pass the figure out how they can get through the process.
So at soma live in the just the county library under just the road from six to seven thirty pm to make a thank you so much for having me i received it