Sean’s Story – Central Park Plunge 2018
Sean is 13 year old with autism. He is has a wonderful playful nature an adorable smile and a contagious laugh. Sean loves Thomas the tank engine, going to the library and watching YouTube! He also loves attending Cahoots camps, participating in new activities and making friends. Unfortunately, Sean hasn’t been able to attend a camp in some time because there simply isn’t enough money to go around.
With autism Sean requires high care. He has very high demands and requires support in almost all tasks/activities. Sean has limited communication which can also make things tough. Sean has a lot of behavior issues as well. With the right support we can eventually train Sean to complete task more independently but it is very exhausting. Sean’s younger brother Luke is a fantastic role model for him and helps Sean more than a younger sibling should, which is great to see.
Sean has been attending Cahoots camps since he was about 8. At every camp he would cry when being dropped off but when he had been collect he had had a great time. Sean is eager to participate in all activities and to make new friends. The staff always have a funny story to share when they return.
“We love Cahoots as their staff on the camps are so fun and friendly. They have the children’s best interest. Camp allows Sean to be more independent, try new things and most important it allows some much needed down time or myself and his younger brother Luke.”
Limited funding by the government as meant Sean has not attended camp in sometime which is very disappointing. Sean still does do other respite/community activities but his family needs to allocate funding very carefully and there is just not enough to go around.