If you are the parent or teacher of a child with autism, this site is your source for ideas and resources to help your child. I'm all about helping you find the exact techniques and interventions that your child needs to reach his or her potential.
Whether or not your child gets help from therapists or teachers, you can boost your child's progress with helpful techniques at home or at school.
As a special education teacher, I can help you learn effective teaching strategies.
But I also understand what it’s like to be the parent who lives with this disabling condition day in and day out because I myself am a parent of a child with moderate to severe autism. And I have another very close family member who has a mild version of the disability.
So I understand two very widely different ends of the spectrum and the unique challenges that they present.
It is said that the most impressive of Thomas Edison’s achievements are not the inventions for which we all remember him, such as the light bulb and moving pictures, but the numerous failed experiments that littered his backyard.
For every successful invention that Edison gave us, he experienced over 2,000 discouraging failures.
Success has less to do with talent and more to do with persistence. I truly believe that those who succeed are the ones who refuse to give up. Even when faced with a disabling condition.
The ATEC test is designed to help parents, caretakers and professionals evaluate children on the autism spectrum. It will give you a good idea of how your child is functioning and only takes a few minutes to complete.
It's important to find out how he's doing now before you start. Then you can retake the ATEC test from time to time to see how he's progressing compared to how he was doing when you started working with him.
If your goal is to help your child reach a level of functioning as close to normal as possible, then this site is for you. While I don't claim to have a cure on this site, the goal is do everything we can to reach for that level. Zig Ziglar famously stated, "if you aim at nothing you'll hit it every time."
While some children on the spectrum are fortunate to not have many health and/or learning difficulties, many of our children suffer greatly. It is my mission to do what I can to alleviate or even eliminate that suffering.
The methods and techniques on this site will work for some children and not for others. I'm not going to pretend that everything on this site will work for everyone. It would be silly to make such a claim.
When my son was not yet toilet-trained, I tried every method I could find, and nothing worked. In the end, I had to come up with my own method that suited his unique needs. Those other methods that I tried without success probably worked very well for some children with autism, but not for my son. (More on this later. Since potty-training is a subject a lot of parents want to know about, I plan to publish more information soon on how he was toilet-trained.)
Sometimes teaching our kids takes a lot of trial and error. But the good news is, our kids can learn if we are persistent and consistent.
I'm here as one more person and one more resource to help you on your journey.
If you have any questions, I'll do my best to help. You can reach me by sending me a message on my contact page.
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