Fund a Fence for Tristen
Organized by: Samantha Putnam
Tristen is 12, and has diagnoses of classic autism, moderate intellectual disability, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and general anxiety disorder. He loves playing outside; unfortunately there is a road right beside our home. We need to build a fence around our property to make it safe for Tristen and his service dog, Dante, to play outside without his Mama being run ragged. We also need to rent a piece of equipment to level an area of the yard, in order to put together a trampoline that we've had in storage for several years now, as well as build a lidded sandbox. The trampoline was recommended by an occupational therapist years ago; it will provide vestibular and proprioceptive input that will help with his sensory issues. The sandbox is an activity that Tristen enjoyed in occupational therapy; he saw a photo on Pinterest, and has his heart set on a certain design. *More about Tristen* Tristen was diagnosed with autism a few days after his third birthday. The diagnoses of intellectual disability and SID were received in the two years following. The past 9 years have been a roller coaster of ups and downs, but Tristen has made amazing progress. When he was initially diagnosed, he was nonverbal and withdrawn, with self-injurious behaviors. In fact, the neurologist told us to "not get our hopes up" because Tristen would "most likely never show imaginative thought or form meaningful social relationships." We were determined to prove him wrong, and we have. He is now a very verbal young man, who will talk at length to anyone who will listen. He has been homeschooled since halfway through the first grade, and his favorite subject is science. He has made friends, not limited to his therapists and other professionals who are paid to be in his life, but real friends. We would love to see him continue to make progress, and providing him with more freedom, while keeping him as safe as possible, will go a long way in helping him with his goals. If we manage to raise more than is needed for the things listed above, any extra will be saved to pay for expenses related to Tristen's service dog (food, flea prevention medications, vet bills, etc.).