Chimes for Autism
"Tyler can hear more than what most people hear in a sound, because he's inside of it."
- Garry Kvistad, founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes
The Story of the Woodstock Chimes for Autism™
The Woodstock Chimes for Autism was inspired by several uplifting stories shared by loyal Woodstock Chimes customers. One story about a young boy, Tyler, stands out.
Tyler has autism and lives near Toronto, Canada. By far one of Woodstock Chimes' biggest fans, Tyler's musical acuity is so strong that when a musically-tuned Woodstock Chime is rung, he can identify it by name. To honor Tyler - and to support all those living with autism - Woodstock Chimes created the Woodstock Chimes for Autism, with 100% of the wholesale after-tax profits from this chime going to autism treatment and research.
Production Note: In the video, Jamey Wolff, co-founder of the Center for Spectrum Services, says autism effects one in 55 - she was referring to the fact that autism effects one in 55 boys (it effects one in 88 children). Update: since the interview, these figures were revised to 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 68 children.
Mozart and the Woodstock Chimes for Autism™
One aspect of autism is hypersensitivity to sound.¹ Studies have found that music therapy can assist with some of the challenges attributed to autism.² Mozart's music, in particular, has been a blessing for some individuals living with autism.³ The Woodstock Chimes for Autism features a specially designed clapper, so its soothing tones ring more gently. The chime is musically-tuned to a melody from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21.
The Woodstock Chimes for Autism also features a bright, nickel-plated windcatcher with the symbolic, multi-colored puzzle pieces. This recognizable and distinctive logo was first created in 1963 by the National Autistic Society. Since then, the interlocking, multi-colored puzzle piece has become an international symbol for autism. It is a vivid symbol of solidarity among those who promote and support autism awareness.
² Autism Science Foundation
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A Very Special Thank You
We want to extend our endless gratitude to all those who helped us create and share this beautiful story.
Without you, this project would not have been possible.
Learn More About Autism
Dr. Kenneth A. Bock is board certified in Family Medicine and is a Certified Clinical Nutrition Specialist with more than 25 years experience, including working with those living with autism. You can learn more about Dr. Bock and Bock Integrative Medicine here.
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