Considering the high rates of autism diagnosis, how can it be that the family court system - there to serve the ‘best interests of the child’ - has so little knowledge about the affects of autism on children? How can family court counselors and custody evaluators make assessments in divorce cases that include children with autism if they are not knowledgeable about ASD?
When envisioning the future of your child as an adult – any child – it’s important to focus on the strengths that are apparent. And as the parent of a child with autism, it’s even more important. The strengths your child has will help him overcome his deficits, perhaps even become a way for your child to be employed as an adult, or be motivated to learn new skills.
Once your child starts is no longer eligible for school services under IDEA because he or she has graduated from high or aged out of school services (at age 22 in most states), there is nothing guaranteed for your adult child. Your adult child may be eligible for services, but that does not mean that he or she will receive services. Planning ahead is necessary.
In September, Jeremy moved into his own place. For Jeremy who is autistic, who communicates by typing and has many sensori-motor challenges, moving meant more than just transferring to another living space.
Jeremy, 25, has been wanting to leave home and live with a roommate for many years. Wanting to, and being ready to are not the same thing. Jeremy has autism, communicates by typing, and has sensory -visual -motor challenges that impede daily living. Jeremy finally launched on Monday, Labor Day. What did that feel like, people are asking, preparing to for this day?
If your child is very young, you need to ﬁnd out about early intervention in your area. Get your name on any lists for services you feel you may need to access at some point. Other things to do include: keep good records and notes, interact with and teach your child, take care of yourself, and surround yourself with positive-minded people.
Getting information and connecting with people on-line is great, but there is nothing like meeting people face to face and getting information about your local area that you will need. Because each state has different ways of providing federally mandated early intervention and education, you will need to know how to access these services in your state.
If you are new to autism, here are some recommended non-profit organizations to start empowering yourself with knowledge. Whether you are a parent or a professional new to the world of autism, it’s important to get information from valid sources.
Receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child now is easier than before, and there are many more treatments, therapies and strategies to consider. As well, there are many more sources of information to draw from,and parents need to use caution and learn how to discern factual information from marketing hype. Parents have to figure out what is best for their child.
Moving here when my mother was six months pregnant and with few belongings, they were astonished and grateful for the openness, kindness, and generosity of the Americans they met. I’m particularly grateful to my parents that raised my siblings and I to appreciate two cultures, while teaching us that there is no shame in being different.
For years it was assumed that those with autism did not feel emotion because they did not show emotions the way neurotypicals do. It was assumed they did not want friends because they didn't know how to make friends. Yet, we hear more and more from young people on the spectrum that they want connections with others; they want friends.
Many children and teens with autism do not naturally create Circles of Participation and Circles of Friendship. Teaching children and teens on the autism spectrum how to develop and sustain relationships is part of our responsibility as parents.
Most of us have naturally been creating different circles of supports, since birth. If a person has difficulties in initiating and establishing social relationships and in communicating with others, it is likely that their circles of supports are small and that they need expanding.
Connecticut's chief medical examiner, Dr. H. Wayne Carver has stated that Asperger's Syndrome is not associated with violent behavior, and that it is not considering it as a reason for Adam Lanza's rampage on Friday.
People continue to learn all their lives and people severely impacted by autism are no different. As parents we need to allow them opportunities to make mistakes or get in a pickle for them to grow into more independent adults. We can’t always be there to protect them.
Transition is a process, and with the right perspective it can be enriching and rewarding. We started by defining what was important to us based on our principles, exploring our options, envisioning and creating new ones and then developing a game plan and that worked for us.
Research shows that mothers of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are worrying across their child’s lifespan, particularly at that time of transition from public education services, and worrying more than other families of young adults with disabilities.
A school environment that strictly enforced a policy of "bullying will not be tolerated" is important and necessary. It is crucial to teach the same safety rules you would to any child, using teaching methods that have been successful for that child.