Autism

Anything related to autism or other special needs, and the corresponding resources, impacts, etc.

Scholarships

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Our special needs have required me to stay home, and us to pay for additional expenses.  Not a very economical combination.  I have now entered the world of scholarships. I never really applied for them in high school.  I was ignorant, without good guidance or much experience.  Now, I apply for each one I come…

Emotions

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It’s been an emotional weekend.  OK, not that emotional.  But we haven’t had an emotional moment in a long time, so this is novel. Early last week, my little big guy had the opportunity to participate in a study of evaluation tools used to diagnose Autism.  Some new experimental evaluations were used, and are being…

Goals

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One of the most important things I’ve learned in my journey through services for special needs is to write goals.  It wouldn’t hurt to do this for all my kids. The hardest part of treatment, initially, was knowing what he needed.  I think the best place to start is the standard list of child developmental…

Brother Therapy

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I primarily attribute my little big guy’s miraculous progress to ABA.  But I’m sure it’s not the only thing that’s helped him.  In fact, I think there’s something else in his life that pushes him toward excellence.  It forces him to work every waking moment.  He has to think about new concepts, play new games,…

Education

DigIt

As I might have imagined, being a sibling of special needs children is tough, but it’s harder for my big guy than I expected it to be.  He has to go with me to countless doctor appointments and wait hours upon hours in waiting rooms.  I wish I could do something about that, but for…

Squeaky Wheel

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Sometimes, OK most of the time, it’s really hard to get services for my kids.  I had a tough time getting my baby into Occupational Therapy.  I started with a Regional Center evaluation that said he was fine, which convinced me more that it should be looked into.  I got the pediatrician to prescribe an…

Mentor

Heart

Recently, I met a mom of a baby whom she feels shows signs of Autism.  She was looking to me for support and advice, with fear and hope in her eyes. I didn’t expect to ever be in this position.  At least not so soon. When I think of support groups, I always think of…

Explosion

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My little big guy has been working really hard to learn new concepts and improve his language and speech.  His expressive language was a very slow and tough journey.  That is, until one amazing day in April.  Don’t get me wrong, he still has a long way to go, but on that day he experienced…

Choose A Child

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Part of what was difficult about starting my two-year-old’s therapies was not being able to do things with my four-year-old.  I felt like I was choosing one child over the other.  I was so concerned about my big guy getting left in the corner, I didn’t expect what was coming next. When my baby needed…