Austism, ADHD, and ADD can make learning difficult for children and young adults. The FACES camp provides helpful learning activities for kids and young adults struggling with autism.
When doTERRA Wellness Advocate Amy McKinley gave birth to her son, Max, prematurely, she started on what she calls “an adventure.” Max was born with CHARGE syndrome, a complex genetic condition that causes extensive medical and physical difficulties. Though he spent the first few months of his life in the hospital, Max is now able to live a relatively normal life, despite his challenges.
In addition to Max’s developmental disabilities associated with CHARGE syndrome, Amy started noticing autistic tendencies within him roughly three years ago. Though this created yet another challenge for Max, Amy remained positive, while striving to give Max the best childhood possible.
Inspired by the strength of Max, or “Mighty Max” as she often calls him, Amy soon got involved with the FACES organization—a nonprofit group that hosts a summer camp for children and young adults with autism. The 7-week camp provides activities that give the campers one-on-one support through education, therapy, communication opportunities, and recreation.
All of the FACES summer camp attendees have autism, but many also experience other challenges including seizures, severe food allergies, Tourette syndrome, and more. Research has shown that while individuals with autism face mental and behavioral challenges, they are also at a higher risk for related health problems ranging from diabetes to heart disease.1
Along with medical conditions, those with autism often have co-existing conditions like ADD and ADHD that make learning difficult. Nearly two-thirds of kids with ADHD have at least one co-existing condition, and Autism Spectrum Disorders are high on the list among the conditions that commonly occur with ADHD.2 Since the FACES organization was founded by parents of children with autism, the group is well aware of the diseases, disorders, and additional challenges that face autistic children daily.
Because the FACES summer camp needs continual funds to operate and remain affordable for families, Amy helps with the yearly auction to benefit the program. Of her experience with FACES, Amy says, “I have always enjoyed using my passion and skills to make a difference. It’s wonderful to partner with other dedicated people and make the world a brighter place…it’s what life is all about.” To donate to the FACES organization, or learn more about what they do, visit their website.