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

 


In just over a month, 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 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.

 

It is estimated that 50% of individuals with autism elope (wander away).  It is imperative to work on safety skills with this population.

 

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


News & Events

First Annual Hope Hoedown

Our first Hope Hoedown was a tremendous success.  Over 100 people joined us on a wet, cold evening.  Students from preschool through 5th grade demonstrated their square dancing skills, including the ability to be kind to a partner, to listen to directions, to demonstrate flexibility, and to work as a team!  We then welcomed friends and families to the dance floor.  With our students serving as mentors, along with encouragement from teachers and therapists, the entire group transformed quickly into a mass of organized motion!   

Hope Academy Welcomes Grandparents
and Special Guests 

Hope Academy and Team HOPE hosted over 90 grandparents and special friends, welcoming them into our classrooms and serving a delicious brunch.  Our guests participated in classroom activities, viewed a school-wide art exhibit, and listened to science project presentations.  We had a wonderful morning of bonding over our mutual love and admiration for our great group of students!



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