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.
Patricia A Gardner
4/16/2020 09:28:07 am
There are lots of autism awareness and support groups on social media you can get information from. And many of your child's teachers will have experience with working with special needs children. Learn from them as well.
4/16/2020 10:47:38 am
I am thrilled with the resources available today.
4/17/2020 06:09:18 pm
This post was eye-opening to me. I volunteer in an elementary school and work with neurotypical and non-neurotypical kids and I learn something new every day I’m there. Your decision to work in a parallel classroom strikes me as a brilliant solution — you know what he’s being taught, how he’s being taught it AND you are on-site and can help in the event of a significant meltdown. Plus, I think, you gain the teacher’s trust. Excellent approach!
4/20/2020 09:41:57 am
Life is learning, and learning never stops. Thank you Donna.
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