Guest post by Carolyn Chambers
As the mother of a 9-year old daughter with autism (Kellie was diagnosed with autism in January of 2008 at the age of 4), I’ve learned some things through networking and making friends with other parents who have kids with autism. Now I want to share more tips with you.
Just because a school district (or Early Intervention) says that a certain program is most appropriate for your child doesn’t mean that it is. As I mentioned in the first part of my blog post, doing your own research is key. Here’s a helpful website about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities: http://wrightslaw.com. If you don’t agree with your child’s school recommendations, request independent evaluations to help determine what is most appropriate.
Use your child’s “quirks” or obsessions as motivators for therapy sessions. My daughter went through a Super Mario phase, so we incorporated Super Mario into her sessions as much as possible which was successful.