Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category
Dear Neuro Psych,
I was totally blown away with the unprofessionalism and rudeness. How dare you say someone shouldn’t come back and let the schools do the testing? Do you realize the schools can’t make diagnosis? Do you realize we were looking for something specific? Apparently you just thought we were a waste of time because in 15 years this was our fourth time to a neuro psych.
Each Saturday I am going to post a link for Special Needs Bloggers Link Up: Gains and Struggles. Yes I realize I am a day late, but no time like the present to start this. I know I have talked about the Yippe conference over the last few months. One of the things that I really liked was taking the time for our group to talk about the gains. It was amazing being able to share with people who understand that a gain is a big deal. Not that people don’t understand, but some don’t understand how the littlest gain is a big deal in the special needs world. I don’t want to sugar coat things either so if you need support for a certain struggle. Well then you got it. It meant the world to me to have “like minded” people around me who understood what it is like to be a special needs parent. It became a new normal. The conference ended and we all still keep in touch via email/facebook/facebook group. I would love to see more of this in the blogging world.
We have been focusing on different things in transition. For us it is work in progress but we are getting there. The links I am sharing came from one of the conferences I have attended. I did get a list of both paid and free links. If your like me your not really going to be interested in the links you have to pay for. After all there is a ton of information on the WWW. I hope you find these links useful as you and your child start your journey on transition.
Comprehensive Transition Assessments
Did you know that if you have a minimum of two paid jobs in high school you are five times more likely to succeed in the future? I actually had no idea of this statistic until I went to the Yippe Conference. In this blog post I will share with you some of the suggestions as to how parents can help with the transition. I will be explaining how I am working on that transition. I thought this might be helpful to all.
Speak Up, Explore and Experience
I am to the point with my son where we are starting to focus on transitioning. I don’t know how far we will get, but time surely has all the answers. I have been struggling trying to figure out what he wants to do after high school. I am not even sure he really knows. I tried setting up different electives that he picked but then it just kind fizzled out on the interest. It’s been rather frustrating at times. I know I have mentioned a few times about the conferences at Yippie. One of the things I found very handy was a Transition Planning Timeline. This has give me a new focus on how and what to put emphasis on. This can start as early as Grades 8 – 9. The hand out I did receive I found to be very helpful. Most of you following my blog know that my son has autism and a cognitive disability. So this is something we are slowly starting to work on.