emma's letter 2023
They say a picture paints a thousand words. If this is true, I would like to paint a picture so you see how I feel inside. I love to paint and have been told I’m very artistic, I just can’t communicate very well. My name is Emma June, I am now 19 years old and I was diagnosed with autism when I was 2 years old. If it weren’t for a loving and supportive family, I am not sure what my world would be like. I graduated from North Paulding High School with the help of my teacher Mrs. Elta. I continue to get more education and therapy because I need routine
I am currently trying to work on my physical conditions; I still toe-walk and my posture has been suffering. So I get botox shots in my legs to help stretch the muscles in my legs to help me walk comfortably on flat-feet. I am also trying to lose some weight as it seems that I, like many autistic kids have Prader-Willi disease; this disorder doesn't tell me when I am full...so I will just keep eating. I know; sounds a bit crazy, but it happens.
I am not sure why my situation is different than other kids with autism, but I feel blessed to be where I am. I go to ABA and Occupational Therapy when I am not doing schoolwork; sometimes I go more than once per week. Thankfully, my parents are able to afford all of this extra work I get, but I am pretty sure not all the kids in my school or in the elementary schools in North Georgia, are getting this level of treatment.
That’s why it is so important that Emma’s Emmbassadors is around. They provide funding for other kids who have autism to get the therapy that they need or help them get government funding or help the schools in the area have better resources for the kids in their enrollment.
Thanks to the continued generosity of our Emmbassadors, we were able to give $400,000.00 to families and children in North Georgia who need help to get therapy and treatment for their autism. Things are getting better for all of them, but there are more kids to help. Please do what you can to help us help them!