“Shark Attack!” inspires
Giving Tuesday campaign
Beckett Murray loves taking his shoes off and running around barefoot. Staff at the autism center he attends asked his mom to bring in some slippers, to keep his toes warm. She brought in his favorite pair, plush gray shark slippers, with a gaping red, toothy mouth.
Soon after, the shark attacks began.
Whenever staff spotted Beckett, they’d playfully call out, “Shark attack!” and Beckett would pounce with his slippers.
Autism diagnosis leads to LOGAN
Beckett was diagnosed with autism when he was 2-years-old. It took another year before he qualified for services. His mom, Cathy Murray, was referred to LOGAN Autism Learning Center – Southwest Michigan. Cathy knew immediately she had found the right place for Beckett.
“They’re miracle workers,” she said of the staff. “He wouldn’t be the kid he is today without them.”
Before coming to LOGAN, Beckett was pretty shy, his mom said. He didn’t talk. He didn’t make friends, and he definitely didn’t pounce.
It took less than three years for LOGAN staff to draw him out. “He made amazing success and growth,” said Kristin Wier, clinical site director for the center.
Beckett did so well, he entered kindergarten this past fall.
“I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
The key for Beckett, now 6-years-old, and for each of the 60-plus children who attend the learning center, is LOGAN’s focus on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Each child gets hours of individual attention from a trained behavior technician.
“He’s now a talkative, social and academically successful kiddo!!” Kristin said. “He is thriving. He’s making friends. He’s being successful and participates independently in all activities and classes.”
“They strengthened areas that were weakened,” Cathy added. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Give to LOGAN Autism Learning Center
Beckett’s personality and his nickname, “Shark Attack Guy,” inspired this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign for LOGAN. Money raised will go to the LOGAN Autism Learning Center – Southwest Michigan, “a second home” to Beckett according to his mom. #GivingTuesday has ended, but our campaign will continue through December. It’s easy to give online using the Paypal form below. Donors who live in Indiana may designate their gift to go to LOGAN’s Sonya Ansari Center for Autism in South Bend.
In its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season. Please join LOGAN in our #Giving Tuesday Shark Attack so more children like Beckett can get the autism services they need.
For more information on Shark Attack! and/or Giving Tuesday, contact:
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