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Boy with autism benefits from therapeutic listening

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WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -  Trevor Holzer is as active as any other 10 year old boy. just by looking at him, you wouldn't be able to tell he's affected by autism

As Trevor  goes through his occupational therapy, he's got his own soundtrack.
 
It's called therapeutic listening -  the idea is to help Trevor with what's called sensory processing disorder.

The goal of Easter Seals, making the world a better place for children with disabilities. As Fox 2's Deena Centofanti shows us, from an individual child to a team of players, it's working.

Certain children they have trouble, difficulties - sensory info comes in and gets to their brain and it gets jumbled in the brain.  

 On the autism spectrum, school has been tough for Trevor.

When there is background noises or distractions,  he has trouble thinking clearly or understanding what someone is speaking about, or trying to explain to him.

But therapy at Easter Seals in Waterford has changed Trevor and he's making real progress.
 
"Like when I have to like really do something that I really want to do, I can do it," Trevor said.

Easter Seals is a non profit that's been helping kids like Trevor since the 1930's.  They used to sell seals or stamps to raise money for services for children with disabilities.  

The mission hasn't changed.

The Miracle League is the Easter Seal's program that brings the joy of baseball to all children - regardless of their challenges. On this specially equipped field in Southfield.  
        
Whether on the diamond, or in therapy, the goal is to provide a level playing field for every child.

Every dollar that comes in here we look at it as an investment in child, family, and community to be a better place for everybody to live.

This Sunday you can join Fox 2's Ron Savage at the Walk With Me event to support  families living with special needs at the Detroit Zoo.   Find out more at http://bitly.com/1zB12U5

One in 88 children are diagnosed with autism.

"He was probably about the age of three and I noticed, comparing him to my other child, that he was maybe a little bit behind hitting his milestones," said his mother Lisa Hick. "Prior to Easter Seals we really were wondering what to do with Trevor because it didn't ever seem like we were getting anywhere."

Occupational therapist Pam Morgan said that some children like Trevor have trouble interpreting sensory information.

Pam assessed Trevor and noticed his left side was stronger than his right. She focused on getting them to work together so they can balance and he can proces things more clearly.

Usingprocesshones Trevor has made great strides.

"There's like music and like classical music going on," Holzer said. "Like when I have to like really do something that I really want, I can do it."

Since they only started therapy, they haven't had a chance to see if it's affected Trevor's behavior in the classroom, but if it's anything like his concentration at home, there's no doubt he'll be able to keep up with the other students.

The Walk With Me event this Sunday is a celebration and fundraiser  for the people they serve, their families, and those who fund. Each walk they step will be surrounded by the people who help and those who help them.

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