Autism From a mama who has been there. I am going to try to post every day this month. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments.
Back in the day … I used the internet a bit, but there wasn’t much information available at the time. I used libraries. I checked out all the books. I ordered more from conferences that I couldn’t attend. I bought the ones the doctor recommended. I read. I read everything I could get my hands on. Some things made sense; other things didn’t.
My son’s school had two Early Intervention classrooms. My son attended one, and I got a job working in the other. I wanted to learn everything they were teaching my son in school and use it at home, 24/7. I was a sponge. Education was hope. Hope was new, and I was full of a desire to learn and implement.
You will receive a booklet; it used to be purple, about your child’s Special Education rights. I learned the hard way that they are different by state. Don’t take anything for granted; learn about the rights, responsibilities, and educational opportunities available for your family. Memorize this book! Use it! Quote it!
But, recognize that your child will spend far more time at home than at school and what happens there, that is your responsibility. Consistency is key and flexibility. Ha. Right? I get it. What are your non-negotiables? How are you going to accomplish the teaching of those?
Get all the education you can. Read, read, read. Realize that not everything works with every child. Take what works throw out the rest. Experiment.
Celebrate the small stuff. Be flexible. Laugh.