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We really do have a "working Board" at Project HOPE Foundation!  Thanks for always pitching in when needed!

 


In just two months, Project HOPE Foundation will host its Evening of Hope Gala on April 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. This event has become a night to remember, featuring both a silent and live auction, a program full of “hope,” and the opportunity to participate in an “Extraordinary Gift.”


Tables of 10 are currently available for $800 (a $100 savings). Secure your sponsorship and tickets now by clicking here


 

 

Looking for a great way to entertain friends, family, or special clients? The Hope Invitational Golf Tournament, held on Monday, April 20, has been called "the best day of golf" by guests.  The tournament is held at Greenville Country Club Chanticleer, Holly Tree Country Club, and The Preserve at Verdae.  "The Hope Team treats us like royalty", another long-time supporter states.  Join us and find out what all the fuss is about!  Sponsorship packages available as well as team registrations.

 

Find out more by clicking here.

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

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“Autism” (or “autism spectrum disorder” also known as “ASD”) refers to a disorder currently diagnosed through symptoms, which involve difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

 

Until the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, the autism spectrum included five distinct subgroups: autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. Under DSM-5, all autism disorders are merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.

 

Autism is affects all racial, ethnic, and socio-enomic groups. However, it is 4-5 times more likely in boys than in girls.

 

Symptoms for autism typically appear between 10-18 months of age. Unfortunately, the average age of diagnosis is 4-years-old. A diagnosis is usually made by a developmental pediatrician. Typically, there is a waiting list for appointments to get this diagnosis.

 

The rate of autism has increased dramatically over the past two decades. When Project HOPE Foundation first started, the rate was 1 in 2,500. The current rate is 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys. Although we now have better diagnostics and increased awareness, these improvements do not account for the marked increase.

 

About 25% of individuals with autism are nonverbal. Thankfully, many can be taught to communicate in other ways, including augmentative communication devices.

 

People with autism have an increased risk of seizures. Additionally, many experience gastrointestinal issues, sleep disorders, sensory processing difficulties, and food sensitivities.


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PROJECT HOPE FOUNDATION AWARDED
$125,000 DDSN GRANT

We are delighted to announce that Project HOPE Foundation has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to bring training resources to parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are waiting for therapy services. To do so, Project HOPE Foundation will partner with Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT), which has trained over 5,000 people across the US and other countries since 2013.The training resources include in-person parent training workshops across the state of South Carolina as well as a book and online tools that provide parents and caregivers with in-depth training on ASD, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and behavior management techniques, as well as other important topics.

 


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South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference

On February 6, over 70 administrators, paraprofessionals, teachers, and students attended presentation by Project HOPE Foundation's Lisa Lane  at the  South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children annual conference.


Drawing on video clips and real-life examples, her session focused on “What Disney Teaches Us About the World of Autism – Using Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies to Promote Successful Interaction.” 

 



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