Charleston Walk for Autism

Yesterday, we were able to attend the Charleston Walk for Autism & I wasn’t really sure what to expect. In the past, I’d participated in the Relay for Life so I thought it would be similar - walk around a track or circle X amount of times & raise money. Not the case here. The Walk for Autism is more about community & therapies, not fundraising & competition.


The Walk was at the stunning Hampton Park in Charleston which was absolutely perfect because there’s plenty of room for all the kids to run free. There’s a paved path around the park that is exactly 1 mile but the Walk was on the dirt path that took us through the park & beautiful scenery. After we finished the walk, we detoured to the center of the loop towards the fountain & giant trees.


Obviously, some of Jackson’s therapists were in attendance so of course, we stopped by their booths to say hi & show support! We saw Laurie [his OT] first with Coastal Therapy Services but I forgot to snag a picture with her. We also ran into 3 of his ABA therapists during the walk then ended the time at their booth, Carolina Coast Behavioral Services. Jackson was also in the depths of a wicked cold so he was NOT here for any pictures, but you know I took some anyways.

These are in our future..

These are in our future..


We didn’t stop at any of the other booths, which were other companies of therapies but just seeing all the options & activities was extremely refreshing. My favorite part of the morning was seeing the age range. I was curious of examples I’d see of how broad the spectrum is but I was more impressed by the representation of all ages.

There were adults & other kids as young as Jackson which surprised me for some reason. When we received J’s diagnosis, we got SO much pushback because he was diagnosed right before he turned 2 - basically young AF & at an age when most things can just be attributed to being a kid. However, the Drs & therapists we saw all encouraged us because EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY. Maybe I was surprised because the pushback we received made it seem like a 2 year old with autism was just so far fetched, people didn’t believe it. Like I was making an excuse. To be in this environment with others like Jackson & as young as him just put my Mom heart at ease. Sometimes, you question what you’re doing: if you’re doing enough, if you’re doing it correctly, if there’s something you missed, etc. Getting him seen at 19 months triggered the rest of our journey & this Walk reassured me I’m doing right by my son.

I’d also like to say thank you to my Dad & Brittanee for joining us on the Walk. Next to Matt & I, these 2 are J’s next adult influences that he’s most comfortable with. They’re also extremely supportive of Matt & I getting all the help for Jackson as we sit fit. It’s obviously important for Jackson to be supported but we as parents need it as well. Like I said before, the initial pushback was there but these 2 never questioned it & have been here for us from the beginning.