Luke James's Bio
Luke’s story began on December 27, 2001, born prematurely at 35 weeks. He spent his first week of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Luke reached developmental milestones later than is typical. By age two, our parental intuition told us something was different with Luke. Our pediatrician assured us otherwise but by age 2 ½ we had an evaluation completed by the Infants and Toddlers Program. Our fears were confirmed when he was diagnosed with Autism, which effects 1 in 110 children.
Luke has received Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy since his diagnosis. ABA has 30+ years of research that proves early intervention is crucial for children with autism to reach their maximum potential. When Luke entered kindergarten within the public school system, he regressed and lost many of the skills he had previously mastered. He currently is enrolled in a home school program with private ABA therapists. The cost for the recommended amount of ABA therapy is approximately $1,000.00/week. Luke’s other medical expenses such as biomedical supplements, DAN (Defeat Autism Now) physician, private Speech/Language Pathologist/Board Certified Behavior Analyst, etc. can exceed an additional $200.00/week. The annual expense of providing the optimal level of care is in excess of $60,000.00. Insurance deems most of these expenses medically unnecessary thus providing little to no assistance. Our parental goals are to provide the greatest opportunity for Luke to become a productive member of society and most importantly, live with dignity. We sincerely thank you for your support. God Bless!