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Hero Week Day 2 – Honoring Children with Autism and Spectrum Disorders

Hero Week Day 2. Honoring children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Chase DePue…..”exemplifies the spirit of Corps Fitness in his ability to improvise, adapt and overcome”. Chase, son of Kristin DePue, was diagnosed with autism at age 2. At that time 12 years ago, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with autism. Today, that number is 1 in 50. Autism spectrum disorders are developmental disabilities that impair communication and social interactions, as well as motor skills, muscle tone, organization, and sensory processing. However, there are many variations of autism, and if you’ve met one child with autism, you have met one child with autism. Some children may have significant mental impairment while others may be very bright and can achieve great things academically, but struggle with daily conversations, developing friendships, staying organized, and recognizing emotions in others; the latter being the case for Chase.

Autism is a chronic and often lifelong disorder that can be devastating to families in many ways, but especially because many treatments are not covered by insurance. Kristin stated that one of the greatest gifts she personally received over the years, is the interactions with the village of people who have helped her and her family. “It truly takes a village to raise a child”. In her home with Chase and her other son Chet, Kristin embraces what is exemplified at Corps Fitness and that is to never give up and to push yourself to the limit…..WE ARE PART OF THE VILLAGE for Chase and all children with disabilities, illnesses and challenges Let’s celebrate their ability to improvise, adapt and overcome!

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