Amazing Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Quotes of the Month
believe God gave everyone a gift, a special talent! My gift is
never knew one blessing (painting) would get me so far. It's a gift
from God. I want to be a part in finding a cure for Asperger's."
Amanda LaMunyon, age 11
Sherry LaMunyon, Amanda's mother
|Our July Amazing Kids! of
the Month story is sure to inspire many young artists who read
it! Join us as we shine the
spotlight on an exceptional young lady, Amanda LaMunyon, an
11-year-old girl who has exceptional artistic talent and who also
Syndrome, a developmental disorder.
Get ready to be inspired, as you read about Amanda's remarkable artistic talents and how she is using her talent to inspire others and to raise money for Children's Medical Research Institute in Oklahoma City. Her goal is to help the Institute work toward someday finding a cure for Asperger Syndrome.
And don't forget, if you, or a young person (or persons!) you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Teachers are invited to nominate their entire classroom and the amazing projects they are working on too! Simply complete our online nomination form for the Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us!
USING HER ARTWORK TO INSPIRE OTHERS
was 7-years-old, she was having trouble sitting still in
school and socializing with other children. Her parents soon
discovered their daughter had a developmental disorder affecting social
skills and behavior called "Asperger Syndrome." (It is also often
referred to as "Asperger Disorder" or sometimes just "Asperger's.")
Searching for a way to help Amanda better
cope with having Asperger's, Amanda's mother Sherry, enrolled her in art
lessons. Her art teacher was a brilliant light of a lady named
Lillian Foulks, who took Amanda under her wing and inspired her to
explore her artistic ability. Before she knew it, Amanda had discovered she had an amazing talent
for painting and soon began shining as an
exceptional young artist.
my art teacher, Mrs. Lillian Foulks," says Amanda, "I would have never
paint. I never thought my paintings would be anything. I always thought
I was just a girl who paints."
just four years ago when the now 11-year-old discovered her exceptional
talent for art. At that time, Amanda and her family never
dreamed that a bare canvas and some paint would become the outlet
Amanda needed to connect with a world from which she had once felt
isolated. And yet, since that time, Amanda has been a shining
example of how someone with developmental challenges such as Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia and
accomplish great things.
people with learning differences should know that "their challenges may
also become a gift."
THE WORD ABOUT AMANDA'S AMAZING ART SPREADS...
Amanda's story has been told in numerous
outlets including Woman's World
Magazine. She also had the opportunity
to travel to North Dakota where she shared her story and her artwork
during a conference on Asperger's.
during the National American Miss Pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June, 2006
Amanda being interviewed during the 2006 Children's Miracle Network Telethon
Amanda donated a portion of the proceeds from her art sales to the organization.
even though life has been challenging at times she wants to
continue to use her artwork to encourage others and wants to be
involved in finding a cure for Asperger's.
said she wants to encourage other kids to never give up, whether
or not they have Asperger's.
am Amanda LaMunyon from Enid. I believe God gave everyone a gift, a
special talent! My gift is painting.
my paintings I have been able to work with Children's Medical Research
Institute and donate a portion of my earnings from my website to them
to help sick kids. I have been very blessed!
know I will always love painting, but most of all, my greatest desire
in life is to help find the cause, cure and prevention of Asperger
Syndrome and Autism and to encourage people with learning differences
to know that their challenges may also become a gift."
Kids! is delighted to share Amazing Amanda's inspiring story with our
readers, and we know that both her artwork and her story will inspire
many young aspiring artists, with or without Asperger's, to reach for
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|A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:|
It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!)
If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it! Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are! We are always looking for new stories. And don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you!
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