Monday, June 30, 2014

Autism Vlog - Goals for July through December 2014

Just a little personal update on my son's diagnosis and what it means for the next 6 months of our lives ;)

I'd love to hear from any other parents in a similar position, or even ABA/OT/Speech professionals. Any and all advice is appreciated!

If you're having a hard time seeing the video above, you can click here to see it on YouTube.

The goals I have in mind for the next six months are:

*Behavior (ABA) Therapy
*Increase Occupational and Speech Therapies, and add Physical Therapy
*Start Homeschooling
*See a Nutritionist
*See a MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatrics Special Needs) doctor
*Working on sensory tolerance
*Using utensils
*Commincating "yes" and "no"
*Bonus: kisses for Mommy LOL

Monday, June 16, 2014

Special Needs Homeschooling?

A question regarding special needs homeschooling...

I'm a SAHM of one. We always planned to homeschool even before ASD was in our vernacular...I'm even more passionate about it now because I believe one-on-one teaching is the most effective way to make sure a special child gets exactly what he needs academically, at his own pace.

My 2 year old son is currently receiving therapies through his local Early Intervention office. I have a meeting tomorrow with the school district rep because soon he'll turn 3 and he'll be getting therapies from the school district instead of Early Steps.

Can anyone tell me what my options are as far as homeschooling AND getting therapy from the public school district? I may not be opposed to a half day program a few times a week for socialization, but frankly, I'm terrified of how inept most people in my city are in general, so trusting my special needs child to a stranger that will most certainly not have the patience or understanding of him that I do scares me.

They want to push me into enrolling him in school, and I don't want him to miss out on something that could potentially benefit him, so I'm trying to keep an open mind. At the same time, I don't want to be bullied or feel like I have no choice.

So, anyone else homeschool their special needs child and still receive services/therapies from their public school district? How does that work? Any advice for things I should ask at the meeting or anything I should insist upon?

Thank you in advance, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

At Home Therapy?

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone that has contributed in any way to the #AllForBu campaign, and a special shoutout to Jose Marti School in Little Havana, Miami, FL for their outstanding support.

We're setting up a therapy room/learning space in our home for Bu, and we're hoping for any advice or suggestions we can get from other parents or even from professionals that have experience working with special needs kids or kids on the spectrum.

If you can't see the video above, you can watch it directly on YouTube here.

Click here to contribute!
Click here for progress updates!

**EDITED 8/27/14** I now have a Pinterest board full of ideas for items that can be used in an at-home therapy room setting! The board can be found here.