Autism is a site by a parent that has "been there,
done that, and still doing it". This autism site
contains over 2,700 working links to other resources and is a
comprehensive source of information for those of you just
starting out - to help you move "beyond" the
label of autism - somehow we all have to do that no
matter how difficult it is... I have included many links
on teaching methodologies, education and
"special" education resources, IEP information,
augmentive and communication assistance with assistive
technology information, disability legal information,
sensory dysfunction issues, specialized catalogs,behavior
problems and much more!
There is a trove of information here on PECS and communication. There are many wonderful and helpful resources available to assist parents and professionals working with children with Autism and many other developmental disabilities. I have tried to include and weed through as many resources as I can so that you will not have to go the search engine route on "autism" and sort through them all....I hope this site helps better prepare you for what lies ahead.
Over the years I have learned that there is no one intervention that fits all.I believe that there are portions of many different methodologies that may be applicable to each individual child. There are many issues involved with these children that fall under the "autism spectrum" label - communication, social, behavioral, neurologic, gastrointestinal, immunologic, genetic, allergic, nutritional, metabolic etc....Many of them affect each other and yet have to be addressed individually as they arise.
It is a sad but true fact that many of our interventions with these children will be "trial and error" to find what works. You, as a parent or care provider are going to have to be an assertive investigator. Never stop asking questions and searching for answers, never stop being an advocate for your child and never give up hope!
9/07 Sorry I have taken a couple of years off from the site but hopefully am back now.....its been rough with behaviors, puberty and several placements and agencies not being able to provide services.
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