April is World Autism Awareness Month and we see it as the perfect reminder to celebrate our twenty-two children with Autism. Here at PKC, we celebrate the differences in our kiddos because they are unique and we know that they are exactly who God made them to be. For many, this is the first time they’ve been seen as a blessing and not a burden. It’s such a privilege to be able see how much the simple act of acceptance causes kids to grow and thrive. So this month, we’d like to take the time to highlight a few our kids with Autism each week in April and share a little more about what makes them unique.
Arnold is a bundle of energy. He loves to jump and run almost constantly and is always covered in dirt 5 minutes after his morning shower. He also loves to observe work being done and jump right in. He picks up on new tasks quickly and is the perfect helper.
Susie’s nickname is “Butterfly” because can usually be found dancing around the compound. She can only say a few words and she’s picked up mostly words to tell off the other kids when they are annoying her (smart girl). She usually has a little pile of grass store between her toes and a big smile on her face.
This picture of John describes him to a tee. He’s always got a big smile on his face and one of the best laughs I’ve ever heard. He has some visual impairments, but that doesn’t stop him
Sammy has hands down one of the best smiles. If your having a bad day all you need to do is look for Sammy and his sweet little face instantly cheers you up. He is a great friend and he love rounding up our kids that need a little extra assistance to get into the house for meal times.
Faith is a chatterbox. She will chat with anyone who is willing to listen and often keeps us laughing with her jokes and antics. She loves reciting poems for visitors that come to the center and makes her rounds every night praying for all the kids before bedtime.