I recently received a comment on a post from nearly 2 years ago (CSAAC and Making It Work), asking about what I thought of working with CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children) as they are preparing to look into their services for their son. So, I decided to write a "Way back when...." post looking back to where Rachel (and I) was then and where we are now......more
Did I ever mention how we're tried just about every therapy out there? ABA, RDI, OT, CBT, Speech, Beyond Consequences -- you name it, we've tried it. Yes, we're THAT desperate.Did I mention we were also utter failures at just about every one? I was just ready to give up and commit myself to the funny farm when we were awarded a grant to do some behavioral therapy with Big Brother. Not one to waste an opportunity, I enlisted the help of the autism treatment center where he did his summer camp and after-school program....more
Towards the middle of my undergraduate career, I began to become increasingly aware of autism and the challenge presented to countless children and families to unlock the mystery behind the diagnosis. I recall reading Barry Kaufman’s Son-Rise. As I remember, the book spoke from a perspective of integrating one’s self into the world of the child with autism and slowly drawing him or her into the greater world over time.