An incredible couple, Jackie and David, (and our new friends) invited us into their home for a party to celebrate their son, Jason’s, one year anniversary of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). (Awesome job, Jason!!)
ABA is an intensive education therapy for children with autism that helps develop their social, academic, self-help, and behavioural skills needed to interact with others and to cope with the challenges of everyday life. ABA therapy takes the form of a highly structured program design to meet the individual requirements of each child, while building the foundations for life-long learning.
Jason was diagnosed with autism last September and Jackie and her family have created an amazing support team that has grown ever since. She was a complete stranger to me but I could relate with her on so many levels. She shared one story with us that just proved how important and necessary autism acceptance is to understanding autism. It literally broke my heart to hear it. I won’t go into details, but just to be clear, autism is not contagious!
So the celebratory party is going to be impossible to top for any of Bryce’s upcoming birthday parties! It had a bouncy castle, a netted trampoline (which Bryce loved), little ponies, and Korki the Clown (thanks Korki for the balloon Iron Man)! Their was tons of food, lot’s of family and friends, and of course, we had to bring our bubble blowers! The whole place was just full of so much love and dedication and we were very honoured and thankful to be part of it. These pictures don’t do justice, but I promise Bryce had a great time! I’m pretty sure it was his first time on a real pony, too!
Thank you so much, Jackie, for inviting us! We send you all of our love and hearts as we venture through this journey together. Never alone.
Thanks for reading,
Tanaya, Daniel, and Bryce
To read more about Jackie, David, and Jason’s journey please check out their story in the Peach Arch News.