Five major military installations are located in Colorado, between Denver and Colorado Springs. 58,000 spouses and children live on or around these five bases (27,664 children at Fort Carson alone!).
Like everywhere else in America, more than 5% of these kids have special needs.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a fairly common neurological disorder in children. It prevents a child's brain from correctly interpreting sensation.
When the SPD is severe, it causes serious problems both at home and at school, problems that affect the entire family.
Caring for a child with special needs is hard enough. But when one parent is deployed, maybe into harm's way, the added stress on military families can be overwhelming.
The STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center is one of the premier treatment centers for SPD in the world. Its founder and clinical director is Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, a world expert on SPD and the author of "Sensational Kids - Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder".
At STAR Center, families receive state-of-the-art team evaluations by pediatric occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists, and a developmental pediatrician. Treatment is individualized to match each child and family's needs and goals.
Outside STAR Center, kids find the "World's Best Sensory
Playground", recently donated by Landscape Structures, Inc., to move the STAR treatment model outdoors
into a more natural setting.
For some of these kids, this is the first time they have ever been able to play on a playground!
The health care provided to our active duty military is
superb and dependent children with special needs receive recommended evaluation
and intervention services. But, sometimes, a child with special needs can
use a little extra help.
A full evaluation and course of treatment at the STAR Center costs about $7,000. Currently, Tricare (military health insurance) does not cover the cost of treatment at the STAR Center. And most active duty military families simply cannot afford this large, out-of-pocket expense.
So the STAR Center Foundation is raising money. Money to fund scholarships that will help pay for treatment at the STAR Center for active duty military kids with special needs.
Every dollar donated is 100% tax deductible and every dollar donated will go to the scholarship fund. (The STAR Center Foundation will absorb any overhead).
We want to raise $28,000, so that four active duty military kids can be treated. If we raise more money, then more kids get treatment!
These are the children of the men and women who are serving our country right now.
We want to serve them and their kids right now. But we need your help.