Myautismteam.com. Mami likey!

I LOVE this site!  Immediately go to myautismteam.com and sign up.  Then begin receiving support and share resources with others touched by ASD!  I have so far shared stories and advice, gotten great advice and read amazing stories that I could relate to, and I’ve set up a team for others to reference and be assured by!  Amazing concept all in one place of which I have been searching for for years.  Go.  Now.  Benefit.  Help.

NAC’s National Standards Report

Another interesting read on National Autism Center’s National Standards Project – read their description below and then click the link at the bottom to download the PDF.

The National Autism Center is pleased to announce the completion of the National Standards Project and the publication of the National Standards Report. Click here to see the results!

The National Standards Project answers one of the most pressing public health questions of our time — how do we effectively treat individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?

The National Autism Center launched the project in 2005 with the support and guidance of an expert panel composed of nationally recognized scholars, researchers, and other leaders representing diverse fields of study. The culmination of this rigorous multi-year project is the National Standards Report, the most comprehensive analysis available to date about treatments for children and adolescents with ASD.

http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/affiliates/

SCERTS = Interesting!

Description from the SCERTS website (click link below).   Sounds really interesting!  Mama has to investigate more.

The SCERTS® Model is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families. SCERTS® focuses on building competence in Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support as the highest priorities that must be addressed in any program, and is applicable for individuals with a wide range of abilities and ages across home, school and community settings.

http://scerts.com/

Gratefully, We Have Terrific Services

We just got back from Ronan’s parent-teacher conference, and YAY!

The first thing his special ed teacher said to me was, “I have to tell you what he was doing at recess!  He was playing with a tennis ball with all of the kids today – back and forth throwing, chasing and talking.  It was fantastic.  I wish you could have seen him!”

I wish I could have seen him too!!!

So special to hear little things like this. I never thought I would get so excited by news that my five year old was playing ball with another child.

Basically, he is really improving in his ability to tolerate transitions and rules in school.  He is hardly screaming when he gets frustrated at all anymore in his integrated K class.

His academics we don’t have to worry about – he’s got that Einstein syndrome going for him  : )

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So, really excited by that!!!  YAY!!!

Of course, he does still have his challenges.  He will still walk around the playground by himself at recess sometimes, and it’s hard for him to sit in Library – and the language is coming, slowly, but still improving all the time.

He is finally showing understanding of the concept of “why”.  This is so huge!  I am getting glimpses of his thoughts now that I wasn’t ever sure I would get to see! 

Autism is a journey I never expected.  But it’s changed me completely, and I am a much better person now. 

Thanks Ronan James!

And many thanks to the staff at his adorable school, too!

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Parent Teacher Conference Today!

We’re meeting with Ronan’s Special Ed. teacher today, along with his teacher in his integrated Kindergarten class.

We’ll update you when we get back!