|Name: tjl409 | Date: Nov 28th, 2012 12:58 AM|
As the parent of an autistic child, I know how difficult and stressful life can be. Although there are many charecteristics of this diagnosis that we feel powerless against, there are some aspects that we can control.
ESY is essential for growth and development since our children thrive in environments that are centered on "routiene"based activities. It may mean less time down the shore, but is well worth it.
Autism does not take the summer off! Why should OT and ST?
You need to be aware that you are the best and only true advocate for you child - in your heart, you know what is best. If you child's therapists do not think like you, find some that do.
Take the time to schedule appointments with health care professionals (OT, ST, PT). Solicit their advice and have them design a program that is most advantageous for your child. Try to get them to attend the meeting (strengh in numbers). If you can't get them to attend, arm yourself with those documented recomendations and OWN the next IEP meeting. Ask for much more than you need and you will probably get what you want. Remember, school districts are obligated to provide an appropriate education for ALL children.
A well trained shadow is an amazing asset, request one that is well trained.
All the best in your endeavors ↑
|Name: Anuna | Date: Nov 30th, 2012 12:13 PM|
Welcome to the forum. Being a speech therapist, I completely understand how hard it would be. I can help you out in developing your son's communication. Have you heard about Avaz? It is an excellent aac app that develops spontaneous communication in autism kids. Try it out
Wish he will like it too.
|Name: Grandma Karen | Date: Jan 1st, 2013 8:21 PM|
It is not easy to have a non-verbal autistic child. It leaves you making decisions about what is right for your child without any input from your child. Go with your heart. If you are uncomfortable with a decision change it. In the long run you will need only to account to yourself.