In 2001, a year after incorporating Personal Touch Plus Cleaning, our third child was born and in 2004 he was diagnosed with autism. In 2008 we were inspired by our little boy and the challenges we knew he would face and the fact that we needed to give him every opportunity to have a purposeful life, to start a non-profit called Glory Children Academy, which serves children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Glory Children is going on their 5th year of providing a summer camp program, giving children and adolescence on the autism spectrum adaptive real life learning that goes beyond the classroom. Our students enjoy music and movement, gross and fine motor activities, community involvement, life skills and social interaction in a sensory rich environment.
It is our heart that each child is accepted and loved for who they are and our goal is to give them the tools they need that will support them in productive growth so that they may become all that they were created to be.
As native Idahoans, we feel it is so important to be involved in our wonderful community and the place we grew up. Having our child with autism has given us the opportunity to be a voice for our child, who is non-verbal, and the others who cannot speak; to bring awareness and acceptance for those children and families whose lives are touched and changed by autism.
Check us out at www.glorychildren.org
Bryce and Holli Spears
ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder which affects social and communication skills and, to a lesser or greater degree, motor and language skills.
Statistics on children being diagnosed with Autism:
- 1970’s – 1-10,000
- 1995 – 1-1,000
- 1999 – 1-500
- 2001 – 1-150
- 2005 – 1-110
- 2008 – 1-88
Fact 1. More children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than Aids, Diabetes, and Cancer combined.
Fact 2. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Fact 3. Boys are 4 to 5 times more likely than girls to have Autism