I have a dear friend, Megan, who lives in Washington State. She used to babysit my kids when we lived up there. I watched her grow up through her youth years and now she is married and a mom to three wonderful children.
Her middle child is a beautiful girl named Evie. Her parents noticed (when she was a baby) that she was struggling in transitioning to solid food. She would only eat things like mashed potatoes or applesauce. They had Evie evaluated by a therapist and found that she had food texture issues. She was provided with in-home occupational food therapy and she is eating healthy and doing well.
Evie was evaluated for speech therapy as well. It was this therapist that first suggested that Evie might be autistic. They had to wait a year for this evaluation. She was taken to Holly Ridge Center and received speech therapy. HRC had a psychologist come in once a month to evaluate children for autism. An appointment opened up and Evie was officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
HRC was a major help to Megan and her family. They helped Evie get diagnosed and had an amazing therapist that worked with her in many ways, including counting to ten. She is now attending preschool through the school district and has an IEP (Individualized Education Program).
My friend, Megan, asked me to paint something for autism awareness. She told me the color theme is rainbow. I thought about it for a while and knew there were rainbow roses and tulips. I brought it up to her and she chose the rose.
This is actually the second canvas I did of this rose. The first one was too dark and I wanted a lighter and more whimsical feel to the flower. Here was my day 1 progress:
Final detail work is done on the rainbow rose. It is much lighter than the first canvas and I am happy with the colors on this one!!!
Hope: Psalm 147:11
Oils, completed on November 27, 2018
Megan has set up a donation page on Facebook for the center that helped diagnose Evie. It is Holly Ridge Center in Bremerton, WA. They are a great support to families with special needs children. They offer services like speech therapy for babies – 3 years. They help special needs adults find and keep their jobs as well.
Here is the link to the donation page:
Please consider giving to this great organization.
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Thank you for your support!!!! It means a lot!!! ❤️😊