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Hi! I'm not a parent but I am a behavior specialist with many years of experience teaching children with and training parents of kids with developmental issues. I will answer a few of your questions: What do you wise Mothering mama's believe would be the best way to have my son evaluated; Through a neurologist, pediatric developmental specialist, or psychologist? All three have been suggested but I'd like to START somewhere. It is overwhelming. I would start by talking...
You can certainly talk to your healthcare providers about your concerns - some issues can be tested for and some can't. But they can talk to you about the likelihood of having another child with the same issues. Every family is different, though. I think it comes down more to how much you want a second child and your resources, emotional, community support, financial, space, etc. to have a second child when you have a first with higher special needs, or to have the...
Hi, I didn't want to be another poster who reads but doesn't reply. But I don't know. I teach young children so I don't have any experience helping families with older teens. Hopefully others can give you suggestions. What state are you in?
Can you fully research what support services she would receive in Maine both now, and after she turns 18/graduates from HS at 21? Then use that to help you make a decision. If you don't have other family/friends in Minnesota, it sounds like it would be better to move. Perhaps she would receive in-home support services that would allow her to stay living with you if you wanted that, or she'd have even more options in Maine! Or maybe not. But you can find out. Also, keep...
Before I graduated college and began working for an agency full-time, I had two wonderful jobs that I got through my school's bulletin board/teachers. One was on the job board outside the education office of my college, which had a special education program. The other was word-of-mouth from a speech therapist who worked at the school where I interned in high school. I was a senior high schooler/college student in both cases, so I was mature and responsible but didn't cost...
ABA can be used on anyone. I use it to train myself to have better routines in the morning to get out the door and not forget anything. My friend uses it to desensitize her dog to anxiety. And I use it to help my mom become more organized. And at work, I use it to help children from age 2-11 who have many different issues - from autism, to Fragile X, to ADHD. The previous poster is right about it being a wide continuum based on whose model the practitioners are...
Hi! I'm a special education teacher/ABA therapist, and I LOOOOOOVE Handwriting Without Tears. I use it with all my students and I have seen some amazing before/after transformations with just 6 months of using the program, if not less. But don't just get the workbooks. Follow the whole program - wooden pieces, chalkboards (I love the double lined one for older kids) and books/notebook paper, smaller pencils, etc. and make sure to get the teacher's instruction book.
I have been teaching children with autism for many years. I have not yet met a child who appeared to be on the spectrum and then suddenly didn't after stopping gluten. However, I have seen some children's behavior, language and social skills improve after going off gluten. When they are not in discomfort, they find it much easier to tolerate sensory input, deal with anxiety and challenges, and engage socially.
Hi, A medical diagnosis is different from an educational diagnosis - which looks for an impact of the child's condition on his/her ability to receive a FAPE (fair and appropriate public education.). Many children with a medical diagnosis of one thing or another do not require any special services from the school or qualify for an IEP because their disability doesn't have an impact on their classroom performance. So the criteria for qualifying for an IEP or Section 504...
I don't have any children but I teach kids on the spectrum in a small private school, and it would be impossible for me to get a sub for anything longer than a few days. Each time I've been called, I've written a letter asking to be excused and it's always worked. I'm sure if you explain that you have a child with autism and no babysitter, you can get excused, especially if you explain the problems that might occur should you try to get a babysitter that your child...
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