KNAnGOD's picture

how do i.....

I have one son. He's three. He has autism.
He recently received the diagnosis in September 2013. My first thought as I heard those devastating words was, how do I help my child? How do I deal with this? How do I afford this?
I had suspicion that my son had a speech delay but I didn't realize it was autism. I live in a very rural area in north Carolina and I just thought that he was possibly behind a little because well we live a mile down a dirt rd, I'm a single mom, my son was never in daycare because I could not afford it. Before I realized I needed to get him help with his speech his behavior worsened and he regressed in pretty much every area. I was so stressed.I had no clue what to do. I pretty much had to force his pediatrician to give me a referral to a developmental pediatrician who diagnosed him on the first visit. Currently my son gets two hours a week OT and he needs twenty five or more hours. I can't find any place in my area that offers therapy that accepts Medicaid. I have no family to help me and there are few services in the county I live in. I joined this site for advice and information.Please respond with ideas and opinions. Thanx.

beatautism's picture

Teaching Perspective Taking to Individuals with Autism

November 6, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Westlake Village Inn

31943 Agoura Rd

Westlake Village, CA 91361

Cost: $65

Autism Research Group (ARG) presents, “Teaching Perspective Taking to Individuals with Autism,” a one-day workshop for professionals. Attendees will be introduced to relational frame theory, research, and practical strategies. The event includes CEUs and lunch. To register and for more information, visit


Teaching Perspective Taking to Individuals with Autism
jenpay's picture

when I'm 20

Funny story.
Let me preface by saying my five and a half year old is still not completely potty trained. We're working on it but, you got it, he still makes #2 in a diaper. I told him, "everybody pee pees and poo poos in the bathroom, no exceptions" so, he now at least makes magic while standing in the bathroom with the door closed. I consider this a major victory as it was no small feat getting Eric just to take this baby step.

Anyway, back to the story......

The other day, Eric said, "I need to make poo poo." When he says this I ALWAYS respond, "do you wanna try to make poo poo in the toilet this time?" I say this in a very happy, smiley, enthusiastic and hopeful manner. He in turn always responds, "no in a diaper."

So this particular time I said, "are you sure? It's not scary. It's kinda nice and not messy like pooping in a diaper." He said, "no, pooping in the toilet is for big boys and big girls." So I said, "Eric you are a big boy. Riley poo poos in the toilet. Maybe you can try next time?" "Okay. Next time," he said to me and off he went to the bathroom.....

beatautism's picture

Parents of Children with Special Needs Conference

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Christ Tabernacle

64-34 Myrtle Avenue

Glendale, NY 11385


Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) invites all parents to attend this FREE, conference. Attendees will see presentations like, “The Journey of Being a Parent of a Child with Autism,” “Understanding NY Autism Insurance Reform,” Understanding Your Rights as a Parent of Child with Autism, and Functional Communication Training and Behavior Management. Attendees will receive free “Back to School” backpacks for their child.



(RSVP by September 26th with First & Last name, mailing address and telephone number)


Dr.Jerry's picture


I wonder if any of you out there are aware of the Son-Rise Program or the Autism Treatment CENTER of America.

seebert's picture

Calling all unemployed adult autistics ASAN wants you! Secret Shoppers needed!  Across the country, Worksource has AJT centers, but autistic people don't know about them, and there are significant barriers to accessing them.  

ASAN wants to know how this process can be improved.  So sign up for the secret shopper program.

jenpay's picture

first day of school

Today is officially Eric's first day of kindergarten. Gulp.... not really. We are going into the new school year with more confidence than last year. Smaller school, fewer students, good teachers and Eric will receive all the appropriate therapies built into the school day. I propose a toast to the new school year, may it be full of promise!

jenpay's picture

Puppet Show

Today Riley and I were invited to join Eric in watching a puppet show about the three little pigs. Riley was enthralled at the antics of the puppets. And Eric, my sweet Eric, except for nervously covering his ears every now and then, sat calmly through the entire show, earning four tokens! What a vast improvement from the first puppet show, when he had a meltdown and we had to go to a separate room to calm down.

bkmich's picture

Power of attorney or guardianship

my son is very high functioning main streem school  just social skills and money he does not want to drive yet  he told us he was not ready  has any one been through this  he is 17 

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New York Insurance Funding for Autism Seminar, Sept. 26

New York Insurance Funding for Autism Seminar

Get Answers to Gain Access to the Coverage You Need

Center for Autism and Related Disorders

September 26, 2013

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

6 N. Main Street, Suite 110

Fairport, NY 14450


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