National Autism Month
In honor of National Autism Month, we have put together a list of autism related posts on our site.
- Parents Perspectives:
Aniya wrote a heartfelt piece on how difficult having an autistic child was for her family.
Claire wrote a touching piece on how they found a way to celebrate the positive attributes of her son’s autism.
Claire also shared about how she used notebooks to communicate with the school regarding her autistic son.
Claire also gives some advice to parents wondering if they should tell the child, the family, the school, etc that their child is autistic.
- Teacher Perspectives:
Ainslie writes about how autism should be embraced, not “fixed.”
Ainslie also reminds us that kids with Aspergers and Autism have the same needs as all other kids do, but magnified.
Steve shares how helpful a resource teacher, someone trained to deal with special needs students, can be in the classroom.
- Getting help:
All public schools are required to provide assistance for special needs kids. Most autistic kids will qualify for a program called the 504 plan. Astacia wrote a two part series about it. Part one explains who is covered, what services are provided, and how to go about enrolling in it. Part two explains how the plan is executed and what to expect. Part 3 answers some commonly asked questions.
If your child’s condition is severe, they may qualify for an IEP, which is more intensive than a 504 plan. Astacia did a similar series on IEP’s. Part one explains who is covered, what services are provided, and how to go about enrolling in it. Part two explains how the plan is executed and what to expect. Part 3 answers some commonly asked questions.
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Compiled by Christi Grab, Parentella’s Editorial Director and author of The Unexpected Circumnavigation: Unusual Boat, Unusual People Part 1 – San Diego to Australia.