And Thursday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day!
About 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with Autism as of 2014!
So more than likely, most of us know someone who is autistic. Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder which usually manifests itself within the first two years of a childís life. The result is impaired social interaction, verbal and non verbal communication and restricted and repetitive behavior. Autism is highly inherited although there is also a suspected strong association with environmental factors. There is no known cure although behavioral, cognitive and speech intervention can help with the childís development.
Garry Kvistad, founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes is a accomplished professional musician. He is also a partner along with others in the pursuit of research and treatment for Autism. Woodstock Chimes Autism Charitable Chime Program donates 100% of their wholesale after-tax profits to Autism research and treatment.
Meet Tyler who has autism and lives near Toronto, Canada. By far one of Woodstock Chimes' biggest fans, Tyler's musical acuity is so strong that when a musically-tuned Woodstock Chime is rung, he can identify it by name.
Tyler and his parents drove 8 hrs to visit Woodstock Chimes in upstate New York. Tyler flipped-out when he saw the testing area outside with hundreds of chimes being checked for weather-ability. Then Tyler ran up to Garry Kvistand and gave him a hug thus creating a commitment to develop an Autism Chime and contribute the profits to the research and treatment for Autism.
To view the Tyler story, CLICK HERE!
To honor Tyler and to support all those living with autism, Woodstock Chimes created the
Chimes for Autism
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One aspect of autism is hypersensitivity to sound. Studies have found that music therapy can assist with some of the challenges attributed to autism. Mozart's music, in particular, has been a blessing for some individuals living with autism.
You can order the Woodstock Chimes for Autism and shop our additional selection of wind chimes by Clicking Here