Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local ...
Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local education concerns, but information about resources for parental research on different subjects concerning children and their well being. Jerrie Williams is the mother of three autistic children. Her journey began in 1999, when she discovered that her children were not developing according to the national mind stone charts. This was after they had received immunizations and developed reactions to them. She later learned the immunizations contained an agent that her children were allergic to, which led to their developmental delays. She moved her children to Georgia to be treated by a specialist in autism and brain injury in 2000. Since then she has been searching and discovering several research-based interventions and resources to educate, support and assist in the recovery of autism. She moved to Louisiana in August, 2011, and has been involved in educating the community about autism and the resources available to parents of autistic children as well as adults with autism. She has been instrumental in helping the Beauregard Parish school system to design an individualized curriculum that was suited for the educational needs of her children as well as other special needs children. Her children have since blossomed with this curriculum and continue to thrive. She will continue in her journey as a mother and an advocate for others.
By the age of 9, Breanna Bond already weighed 186 pounds. But thanks to a smart exercise routine and diet, she lost 66 pounds in less than a year. Bond appeared on Monday's Good Morning America to share her inspirational story.Check out celebrities' dramatic weight lossThe fifth grader recalled the difficulties her weight imposed upon her, including making it hard to breathe and move around. Bond was also bullied. "Everybody at school would call me names," she said. "They would call me fatty, they would call me fat head."Bond's battle with obesity began at a young age, with the California native hitting 100 pounds in kindergarten. After no medical reasons could be found for her weight gain, Bond's parents, Heidi and Dan Bond, took control of the situation. Heidi designed an exercise routine to help her daughter lose weight. To show their support of Breanna, the entire family did it with her.Remember when Justin Timberlake had curls? Check out the most dramatic celebrity makeoversBond also began following a diet that limited fat to 20 grams per day and joined the swim team. Thanks to her dedication and hard work, she lost 66 pounds within a year."She is an inspiration to the world and all children who are having weight issues across America that you can do it with a pair of tennis shoes and motivation," Heidi said.Check out Breanna Bond's full story in the video below.
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