Melbourne, Australia – Independent Melbourne Label, YakMusic Records is proud to announce the upcoming release in early 2014 of a new compilation album entitled “Songs for Blake – Embracing Autism”, which will be available via online stores such as iTunes, CDbaby, and Bandcamp.
“Songs for Blake” is the brainchild of Mark Davis, whose youngest son, Blake, was a given a preliminary diagnosis of Autism (or ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder) in February 2013 at 2 years and 7 months. In August 2013 Blake’s final diagnosis was that he showed “severe symptoms of ASD”.
“It’s November now and we, as a family, are still coming to terms with the shock and realisation of it all. At the same though we need to act quickly to help ensure our son has access to the therapy he so badly needs” explained Mark Davis.
Now 3 years and 5 months, and with the help of private speech therapy and a few hours a week at an early education centre, Blake has only just started saying a few words. He is still unable to form sentences, continues to struggle socially, and is incapable of following most simple instructions.
“Every day is a struggle for all of us in our family, and for Blake especially. He has come a long way in 9 months, but we want to be able to continue to build on this progress to help him further develop communication, self-help and socialisation skills.”
Living in Melbourne, Australia, there are many valuable resources for Blake to access which will significantly benefit his development through early intervention, but unfortunately, as all families with children on the spectrum would know, it is a very costly, and ongoing, process. Furthermore, because the family are New Zealanders choosing to live in Australia, there is no access to government funding or grants to help ease the financial pressure for regular speech, occupational, psychological and paediatric therapy and appointments.
“Unfortunately ‘that’s the way the cookie crumbles’, and there is no point complaining about it. There are so many Kiwis ‘in the same boat’ as us. We have investigated all the options, and we even considered going home to New Zealand, but found the resources in Australia are outstanding. If we want to stay here and utilise these fabulous services for our son we will have to try and come up with the funds ourselves. We would like to give our son the very best opportunity, like any parent would.”