Brainerd United Methodist Church helps parents of special need kids keep days structured during the summer

photo Melissa Post plays with her children, Kate, 5, Joseph, 9, and Charlie, 7, from left, at their Signal Mountain home. Charlie, who has autism, is nonverbal and participates in a new summer program for special-needs children.

photo Melissa Post shares a quiet moment with her son, Charlie, 7, at the family's Signal Mountain home. Charlie, who has autism, is nonverbal, and he participates in a new summer program for special-needs children.

Charlie Post can't be occupied with common distractions like Angry Birds or Nickelodeon.

He needs one-on-one time, someone to sit close and pay attention.

Without such stimulation, the 7-year-old's world can fall apart.