I've been talking to parents and DDS management and caregivers about the dearth of programs in place ready to handle the behavioral challenges of autism. Group home? How does a boy who punches out windows live in one? Work at a grocery store? How does a girl who bites and hits work near customers? All roads lead to treatment and then prevention. Even among misfits we're misfits. And that's painful to admit. And likely to land me in hot water - heck, throw me a tea bag and we'll call me Oolong. For parents whose kids have behaviors like biting, hitting, kicking - how and where do we find help to curtail those behaviors? In a six year old they are barely tolerable - in a 26 year old they may be life threatening due to chemical and physical restraint. It's a grim picture. As we say on Twitter, #feelautismyet? KS
Read the full story of a girl named Natalie who was asked to leave a charter school for behaviorally challenged kids in ONE day. To be fair, we don't know if the child was a right fit for the school, though one would hope that there had been meetings and introductions and an honest appraisal of "behaviors" from Mom and/or Dad to the staff. Perhaps we'll learn more in a future article. In the meantime, read the Orlando Sentinel for the full article. Excerpt below.
Kerlin Fedee thought she had found the perfect fit for her daughter — a school dedicated to the needs of young children with behavioral problems.
"They said they would be able to help her and would love to have her," Fedee said.
Natalie, a first grader, sometimes bites, kicks and spits, especially in a new situation. She has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.