Inspired by their son, Narottam, an autistic child, Marie Trempe and Rob Cecil opened Autism Oasis for kids school in High Springs.
The couple hoped to improve Narottam’s life and the lives of other children affected by autism.
Each student is limited in different ways. Some struggle with speech, listening and interaction, others with simple things such as making eye contact or laughing.
Autism gives children mental blocks that hold them back from reacting to what they feel or hear. Instructors at the school use music, vigorous movements and deep physical contact, such as laying on top, strong hugs and massages, to motivate the children to react.
At the Oasis, children particpate in games and activities designed to help them. Below, Narottam, completes his classwork work while fellow student Jacob cheers in the background during class at Autism Oasis.