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We would Like to thank you and the staff, especially Delene and Tannie Annelise for all your help. It has made a great difference in our life. He is a happy boy and gives us a great amount of pleasure. It is with pride that we can say we love working with him at home in the ways that SNAP has taught us, and to show our friends and family what difference you have brought on.
Never can one say why the Lord chose your child to be special. Why it should happen to you. Does it mean that He trusts us with His special children?Only He knows the answers. What we know is that you have been chosen to guide us parents to love these children, to give hope and to comfort us when times are tough Thank you for caring when sometimes we stop. We have been on the SNAP program with our three-year-old son Pieter, for the past 6-7 months. He has made such good progress. He is a different boy. Thank you for this opportunity to continue and thank you to the dedicated staff supporting Annalies and for loving our children like you do.
This is just a note to thank Annalies and all of you at SNAP for the difference you've made to our family. For the first time ever, Adam passed his third term exams well. He is so proud and we are even prouder. If it wasn't for Annalies who sat with me, even the last half hour of our week long workshop, to explain certain maths methods to me who could then show it to his teachers, he (we) would not have achieved this. I am so proud and happy, for the first time in 10 years that we saw results! I cannot thank you enough! Give our love to all the tutors and staff.
Jandre van der Westhuizen was a SNAP student until 2008. Thanks to the help of SNAP he is now attending a primary school in Riebeeck Kasteel. He is doing so well! Socially he is adapting - yes we do have bumps in the road, but they are getting less. He attended his first Eistedfodd on the 3rd of August 2010 and did a poem in English called Robot.He was a trooper and was so proud of his silver star! Goes to show:There is life after autism! For all you new moms, it does get ""better"". My heart wants to explode with pride!
SNAP is a program for children with autism, with head quarters based in Durbanville, Cape Town. They offer a unique, child-specific, one-on-one, integrated program for children with autism and other special needs. Their program recognizes the uniqueness of each child and is geared to addressing the needs of each individual child and their family.
Autism spectrum disorders are increasing world-wide at an alarming rate. Some countries are considered to be in an autism epidemic.
The earlier autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better. Outcomes for children’s lives are significantly improved with early diagnosis and treatment.
Usually the children are perceived as mentally challenged because they are unable to communicate. However, when the children receive early intervention, they show they can learn and achieve goals in life.
Only 5 % of all ASD children have savant skills. These children stand out for their superior ability in a specific area, like doing maths far above their age or art or music.
Mild or severe, these children’s thought patterns are very literal and they therefore build patterns into their daily routine.
Children who are sensory sensitive are the ones who cannot tolerate to be touched. There are many children on the spectrum who crave physical interaction.
Some children have dyspraxia. This means it will take longer for their speech to develop and will become more intelligible as it is practiced, but it will develop.
Many people with autism spectrum disorders are successful and contributing, however, this is most likely to happen when appropriate services are delivered during the child’s public educational years.