Fundraising for young boy with autism
A youngster diagnosed with autism needs to attend a special needs adapted program.
27 October 2020 | Local News
Razique Kolz; Mother; “Carter has taught us the gift of life; he has made us stronger individuals. . .”
A fundraiser to help with costs for a special needs adapted program for Carter Kolz (4) who was diagnosed with autism, is currently underway.
“Carter previously attended the program in Cape Town and made tremendous improvements. He is now doing things that we could only dream of,” his mother Razique Kolz said.
She said the fundraiser comprises a raffle with tickets for N$20 and an entire sheep carcass as the winning prize.
“As a baby we noticed that Carter’s development was lagging and it became concerning as he appeared really disconnected and stagnant. He wasn't talking or interacting and was only interested in certain things.”
According to Kolz, they exhausted all avenues by taking him to different doctors and paediatricians in Namibia, yet he was not formally diagnosed until last year.
“After the first raffle we were blessed enough to take him to a paediatric neurologist who confirmed his diagnosis of moderate to severe autism. It was a bitter sweet moment, as no parent wishes this upon their child. Yet we were so happy to finally receive some help as Carter has grown so much since he last attended the program.”
Kolz said autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviour, speech and nonverbal communication.
“Carter struggles with most of these behaviours, yet shows improvement daily. His biggest achievements are that he recently started counting out loud, found his own little way of communicating by giving us simple sign language, which was also taught by the program, and - amazingly - started using the potty for number 1. We are constantly working at improving these skills.
“Apart from annual treatment, doctors have put Carter on a strict diet of specialised oils, vitamins and medicines. The proceeds from the fundraiser will hopefully aid this costly monthly expense.”
His mother said that at the moment she has decided not to work to be Carter’s full-time carer.
“The program taught me how to work with him myself. He thrives on repetition and routine, so I've created a daily schedule for him. I do daily home schooling with him and there are activities that act as therapy. Unfortunately we cannot afford a fixed speech and occupational therapist as yet.”
She explained the most meaningful thing that parents can do is to teach our children the power of prayer.
“We do not receive daily rewards, yet celebrate every small victory. If you show gratitude, your child not only learns to be thankful but also to be kind, caring and appreciative. Remember to always set an expectation and challenge your children.”
Kolz says this does not only apply to autistic children, but to any child. “Carter has taught us the gift of life. He has made us stronger individuals and changed our mind-set to accept and appreciate every single aspect of ourselves and each other.”
According to Kolz, the fundraiser will impact Carter’s life forever.
“It already has and we are eternally thankful for everyone who has contributed. Once upon a time, I thought I wanted to send him there to fix him, but what I realised was to accept him and help him to become the best version of himself.”
For more information, contact Razique at 081 558 1779 or Arnold at 081 775 8573.