Frankenmuth Boy Inspires Creation of Autism Sensory Kits for First Responders

WNEM reports Michigan first responders who are called to emergencies involving children with autism can now be better prepared.

A 5 year old from Frankenmuth is the inspiration behind the creation of Carter Kits.

“To be able to name it after him, it’s nice,” said Justin Severs.

Severs talking about his five-year-old son Carter. The little boy has autism spectrum disorder. First responders say that for children like him fires, car accidents, or other intense scenes can be hard to deal with. That’s where carter kits come in.

“We can pull this kits out. If it will calm the kid down or whatever we need to use them it’s going to help a lot,” said Severs.

The carter kits have fidget devices, sunglasses, sensory toys, noise-canceling ear muffs, and a weighted blanket. These items are routinely used to reduce anxiety and help children relax and remain calm.

Andrew Keller came up with the idea for Carter Kits. Right now five departments, Saginaw Fire, Saginaw Township Police, Frankenmuth Police, Birch Run Police, and MMR will have Carter Kits.

Keller says he’s hoping to have Carter Kits in 50 departments a year from now.

“We want this thing to continue to grow. Where there are departments all around this area, maybe even the state, maybe even the nation, where they can have these tools,” said Keller.

Keller, who has known the Severs for years, contributed his time, effort, and dollars to make Carter Kits a reality.