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Family Entertainment Challenges, how do you decide?

My familly consists of 4, Me, my wife, and our two boys.  (Hunter 7 years old with Autism, and Hudson typical 5 year old).  With Hunter's "condition", (I hate calling it that, but for this post I will look past it...)  We would really like to take our family out for entertainment. I.E. Baseball games, Zoo's, restaurants, etc. but with the cost for attending these types of events which can be expensive! and  without knowing how Hunter might feel 5 minutes after arriving?  We typically decide not to even take the risk as we cant get a refund because Hunter doesnt want to stay any longer for whatever reason.  We would like to know if anyone feels the same and/or any thoughts you may have on this topic? 

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California Insurance Funding for Autism Workshop

Get Answers to Gain Access to Coverage
Over the last 18 months, the California Autism Insurance Mandate (SB 946) requires that most health plans cover treatment for children with autism and related disorders. In addition, the Affordable Care Act exchange plans also cover ABA. CARD will be hosting a workshop to educate parents on the law and the most effective ways to access coverage.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Center for Autism and Related Disorders
10 am – 12 pm
325 E. Hillcrest Dr., Suite 140

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Limited Seating – Mandatory RSVP by Feb. 27

This FREE two-hour workshop will teach you:

·        What insurance companies will and will not cover

·        Types of plans and rules regarding coverage

·        Effective strategies to maximize your benefits

·        How to understand the complexities of different insurance carriers

·        Which plans will have to comply with SB 946 and ACA

·        What to know during open enrollment

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Issues in Special Education

I am a special education teacher and I am trying to figure out what parents of children with special needs find to be the most pressing issues in special education right now.  I have my own ideas, but really want to make sure I am doing my best to support parents and work as a team.  Any thoughts on this? 

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Over the summer we got Ethan in for a Speech Eval at a place that specializes in outpatient therapy for special needs children.  His first eval was amazing and Iwas very very impressed with them.  Unfortunately there hours where horrible and in the long run things didn't work out.  

I spoke to one of the parents of Ethan's Classmate and they recommended someone from our local hospital's physical medicine department.  We made and appointment and got him in for an eval for Jan 2nd.  She seemed wonderful and his first official appointment was made for 1 week later.  All she had to do was precert the services and things would be a go...So we thought...

She had to cancel the first appointment because they said it would take 5-7 days for the precert to go through so we rescheduled again for this Wednesday (yesterday) instead.  We received another phone call that she got a denial from the insurance company put she put through the appeal and was waiting to hear back from them.  In the meantime I received a denial letter from our insurance company stating that it was denied.  So i decided I was going to call them today and find out why they denied that services...

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New Research Study About Parents of Children with Autism!

New Research Study About Parents of Children with Autism!


What roles do mothers and fathers play in child social development?


Do You:

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So me and Tom work with Ethan at bedtime with "I love you".

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The Burden of Autism-Memoir of an Unlikely Savior by Peter VanDenBeemt

Peter VanDenBeemt

In a 2003 writing class I wrote a “word portrait” of Rene Magritte’s The Mysteries of the Horizon, an interpretation of the person and setting of the painting. Then as a later exercise I wrote a “wrapper” story about the writer of the word portrait and how it reflected his life.

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Hi everyone, may I share great  website  with everyone. It is dedicated  to empowering parents and their children  affect by autism.  It is totally non-profit ad serves a needed and well deserved  cause. Check  it out WWW.NSPIREDBYAUTISM.ORG

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Our family is sick with the flu. It's the day before Thanksgiving and the whole household is miserable. Everyone in the family has taken a fever/pain reducer to help take the edge off, except........for Eric. He will not, absolutely not, take any kind of medicine no matter how much I plead. I can feel the heat emanating from his skin. Poor little guy. He's asleep for now. I tried disguising his medicine in a cup of apple juice but he was not fooled. O well, I hope he naps the day away. Sleep is the best medicine anyway.

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Hello, my name is Gina, I'm a mother to a 7 year old boy with autism,.  I need help, I'm so over whelmed, I'm married to the father but never really wanted to get married, now my life is so much harder with our son.   My husband works so I'm the caregiver, fill time, I can't work, cause I'm so burdened with this child, I feel more stressed if I did have a job.  We've been married ten years.  I don't know where to turn.  My husband says we need to stay together for the sake of him,  I'm trying to fight depression as well, I'm on off meds, I just feel they can't help in this situation.  My family lives nearby, supportive but much older. Im not crazy about Inlaws who live in Florida, they just don't seem to get it.  

My son is attending a special school.  


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