It's back to school time! I don't know about you, but I have the bottle of bubbly chillin' in the fridge and when the school bus chugs away, so will I.
It's hard work to fill the long summer days (which begin at 6:00am chez Stagliano) afternoons and evenings with appropriate activities for the kids. Of course, we have three children with autism - so that might skew the difficulty factor. But I know families with more than three (shout out to Mom26 in TX!) who have even MORE work than I do. And the families with NT kids and an autie have to balance both worlds. I get to exist solely on planet autism.
I'd like to ask you to tell us a bit about the schooling your child receives. What's happening in your district? What methodologies does your team use? How satisfied are you? Let it fly. I'll start:
Here in Connecticut, and in Massachusetts, where we lived for the 2006 school year, the programming is far more targetted and specific to autism than it was in our well to do Ohio suburb where the kids got their first 6 years of school. The difference is startling.
We have behavior plans here. ABA paraprofessionals. Actionable IEP's that give a real snapshot of my kids' abilities. We have autism classrooms, rather than lumping the kids all together, regardless of diagnosis and teaching style requirements. And for the moment, we seem to have enough funding. Although that could change at any moment.
So, no choosing sides here. No camps. No arguments. Thrill us and use your own name in the comments. We all have to educate our kids.
Kim Stagliano is editor of Rescue Post and mom to three daughters with autism. She writes for Huffington Post and writes fiction and spends a lot of time cleaning up sticky messes.