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Issue of October 29, 2014
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Cheers to Blue River Services!
June 30, 2014 | 08:10 PM

Twenty-five years ago when I gave birth to my youngest son I had no idea how dramatically Blue River Services (BRS) was going to touch our lives.

When Eric was just a few weeks old I was very concerned because he cried a lot and nothing seemed to comfort him. My concerns grew because he did not start crawling until he was a year old and he was not trying to stand up, walk or talk. The doctor showed me a child's growth chart that indicated he was slower at reaching developmental milestones but was he still within the age range listed on the growth chart.

Even though the doctor was telling me not to worry I still could not get it out of my mind that there was something different about Eric. There were so many unanswered questions. Why was he not talking? Why did he not make eye contact? Why did he just stare at you like you were not there? Why did he cry so hard when you hugged him or held him?

When Eric was two years old, I enrolled him at Rainbow's End Child Care center that is operated by BRS. A few weeks later his classroom teacher told me she did not want to upset me but she noticed that Eric appeared to have some developmental delays. I was so relieved that someone else had the same concerns that I had since he was born.

Eric was tested and he was diagnosed as being mildly mentally handicapped with a learning disability. He was enrolled in the BRS infant-toddler program where he received early intervention services.

At the age of three he was enrolled in special education preschool at BRS. We reached another milestone when they introduced us to a new word "autism" which in 1993 was an unfamiliar word and only 1 in 10,000 children were being diagnosed with it. Now our new challenge was to learn more about Autism and how we could help him to deal with his behavior and social issues.

Eric successfully earned the Rank of Eagle Scout in 2005 after completing the merit badge requirements and his Eagle Scout project. He chose to power wash and paint the child care center that had greatly impacted his life as his Eagle Project. With the help of his family and friends it took 48 gallons to paint the backside of the building.

Today, Eric is receiving vocational, habilitation, and transportation services as an adult at BRS. The same agency that helped him as a child is now giving him the tools to be successful as an adult. Our lives have been truly blessed by Blue River Services and the staff that daily practices the agency's motto of "People Serving People!"

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