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Name: Fred
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I am currently a student at Ivy Tech and one of my assignments asks me to go to a on-line support group to see how parents interact with one another. I was wondering how you feel your school handles children with autism? Do they support you and the student? Do they single the student out? Do they make resources available to you? I am very interested in seeing how the school system accomodates students with autism. Thank you for your help in advance.
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Name: robyn0612 | Date: Dec 27th, 2008 2:01 AM
I have a nephew that I am concerned about. 2 years old. Has about 2 words in his vocabulary...Parents claim he says more. He bangs his head...obsessed with wheels...Always plays alone...Does not respond to his name...Just seems like he is REALLy shy but I think it is more...Is it??? 

Name: Bugsy | Date: Dec 27th, 2008 10:11 PM
Fred, I homeschool my 8 year old. Although I know that there are some great schools out there, I didn't feel that the schools in our area would be what my child needed. From other parents who have children in public school, I hear many times that the teacher hasn't been specifically trained in dealing with the dynamics of a child with autism. 

Name: Bugsy | Date: Dec 27th, 2008 10:20 PM
Robyn,
Does your nephew use those 2 words in an appropriate manner? Or does he just say them for no particular reason? Banging his head is a red flag, obsessions are a red flag. My son would spin anything, round or otherwise. My son wouldn't respond to his name. In fact, at the beginning, we thought he had hearing loss. Does he point? Does he clap? Does he look you in the eye? Although he may do some things but not others, your nephew should still have an evaluation. It's rather difficult to get a diagnosis that young. However, the younger, the better. We knew something was wrong when my son was 13 months old. We began testing. We had some really sharp drs. and therapists. He began speech therapy and occupational therapy at around 15 months of age. He's doing terrific now. 

Name: jlambarri | Date: Jan 24th, 2009 1:45 AM
Hi, I am the mother of autistic 4 year old identical twins... I was told to give my kids a supplemental vitamin "Carlson liquid B6 Vitamins"... Has anyone tried this? I can't figure out what dosage to give them... I am currently in Mexico and cant seem to go with my normal doctor, at the moment I don't have insurance so it would be hard... Can't anyone help me???? 

Name: lisa30 | Date: Jan 28th, 2009 4:00 PM
I have 2 autistic sons one is 4 and the other is 2 my 4yr old is in pre school i feel that they just pretty much tolerate him for the day instead of really trying to teach him things he is not allowed to go to lunch with the rest of the kids because they say he wont sit down for very long and that they can't watch him and the other kids at the same time so we have to come and pick him up before lunch starts.my son loves school it hurts that this was a very big step for him starting school and he can't enjoy all the things that come along with it. he's teachers told me that they try to get him to participate in activites that the other kids do but he is just to stubborn so that just let him do his own thing. I keep wondering if im doing the right thing by keep sending him or not. I just hate to take him out because he enjoys it so much 

Name: Sunshine007 | Date: Feb 7th, 2009 4:02 AM
Hi Fred,

My son is high functioning, and it has been a fight with the school. He was recently diagnosed, but the school has been very resistant, and it was not until the school district became involved that things turned around for my son. I feel the school tried to pressure us out of the school, but since we did not know what we were dealing with, and did not know what to do we kept with that school. Even after the diagnosis we were told that the school was resistant to make changes, and I said that is too bad, they needed to adjust there programming since we had a diagnosis and the school district needed to back us up. I have had to keep the school district involved, but since then, the school is doing everything they can to educate my son, they bring small groups of students to him to learn the cirriculum, it is going great. If you have questions, I would be more than happy to elaborate. 


Name: violetpato | Date: Feb 12th, 2009 10:51 PM
fred, i wish you well with your studies and am only to glad you are someone new to approach this subject, i only wish i could help as I have a son who has not recieved education for three years?? thats what society as come to, our children are differant, they are functioning, they have no visible dissability, so push them aside because education just havent got a clue what to do with them, good luck im sure youre going to have a lot of feed back. 

Name: There IS Hope | Date: Jul 14th, 2009 4:01 AM
Hi. I work in a school district, as a special-education paraprofessional. I have been blessed to care for and help many different children of various ages, with a variety of challenges. I recently listened to / watched a woman share her incredible story of raising a son with autism. It touched me deeply. Her son was healed, a few years back, and continues to improve in his schooling. I ordered her book and found so much hope in her experience. Hope that applies to everyone, including families with autism but not limited to only autism. My heart goes out to all. If anyone is interested in the details of the book and the radio / t.v. program, please e-mail me at [email protected] (Since it is my understanding that some things cannot be posted.) With excitement, encouragement, and heart-felt appreciation and compassion to every family touched by especially autism...There IS Hope. 

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