“Child with autism and DiGeorge Syndrome memorized Coppélia Ballet” video made at home of Clara dancing has gone viral since the weekend!
Jonathan Alderson, author of Challenging the Myths of Autism: Unlock New Possibilities and Hope, has news about a child with autism he works with in his Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention Program (IMTI) program. Jonathan told us in his online interview with Special Needs Book Review he has been designing and directing treatment programs for children diagnosed with autism based in Toronto for the past ten years. He has been inspired by the great development and learning that happens when various strategies are coordinated effectively. Jonathan Alderson has amazing news about 10 year old Clara, a girl he is working with. You can watch a 4 minute video of Clara to know why all the excitement. The video is entitled “Autistic girl with DiGeorge Syndrome memorized Coppélia Ballet”.
This is an inspiring story! Clara is a 10-year old girl with a rare genetic condition called DiGeorge Syndrome who was also diagnosed with autism. Around 14 children are affected by DiGeorge Syndrome in every 100,000 live births. When Jonathan first met her over four years ago she was absorbed in stereotypical ritualized behaviour (stemming), she was non-verbal, and was shut-down from interacting with others. Jonathan shared some anecdotes about Clara in Challenging the Myths of Autism (“Tina” p.199) and about how far she has come through the incredible dedication of her parents, the advocacy of her mother, and an incredible team of therapists within the IMTI program.
Jonathan and others who care for Clara are hoping that they can use the attention this video is getting to raise some funds for Clara’s therapy. At the same time Jonathan Alderson’s wonderful book, Challenge the Myths of Autism: Unlock New Possibilities and Hope will receive the attention it merits also. Read my review of the book here and our interview with Jonathan here.
Please help us by passing along this link so your friends and contacts can be inspired too! Thank you and “Cheers!” from Jonathan and Lorna
Autistic girl with DiGeorge Syndrome memorized Coppélia Ballet
The number and severity of problems associated with DiGeorge syndrome vary greatly. Almost everyone with DiGeorge syndrome needs treatment from specialists in a variety of fields.”
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