April is Austism Awareness Month, which is dedicated to expanding knowledge about autism spectrum disorder.
According to Autism Speaks, in 2020 the CDC reported that one in 54 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism.
Autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as the age of two, but most children are still being diagnosed after the age of four. Core symptoms of autism are social communication challenges and restricted, repetitive behaviors. Many children with autism also have sensory issues and can be over sensitized by touch, taste, light, pain and other stimuli.
Locally, The Kelberman Center for Autism Services is observing Autism Awareness Month by recognizing some of the families who have been a part of the center’s history of success stories.
The Kelberman Center is the leading provider of autism services for children, adults and families in the Mohawk Valley and Central New York. It provides comprehensive programming and services for people throughout all phases of life, from early childhood through adulthood, including: home and community based, educational, clinical, residential and recreation and camp.
The Humpf family have been longtime supporters of The Kelberman Center. They have three boys, Dalton, Cooper and their youngest son, Wyatt. Wyatt was diagnosed with Autism in 2007. He receives self-direction services through The Kelberman Center and over the years has attended other clubs and activities through the self-direction program.
Including walk-a-thons and bowl-a-thons, the family has assisted The Kelberman Center. The pandemic forced a switch to a bottle and can drive last year that generated $4,000. To participate in the bottle and can drive this year, anyone wishing to donate can help out on Sunday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holland Patent Fire House, 9531 Center St.