A Difficult Autism Experience I recently spoke with an AutMom who had this experience… Her nine-year-old son with autism attends a local elementary school. For about a year or two, her son was having difficulty with an obsession—a peer. A girl peer. Her son was convinced that this girl was his girlfriend. He was in this girl’s class for a year, and the next year the school separated them. The school felt it had to make this change because it appeared (to them) that the woman’s son was stalking the girl. The boy’s behavior did not improve … [Read more...]

California Regional Centers and Your Child with Autism This may come off as a rant, but really it's a warning to new parents out there. What is a California Regional Center? From the CA.gov website: "Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California to provide a local resource to help find and access the many services available to individuals and … [Read more...]

  An IEP in an evaluation year for an autistic student. Our child is about to have his 6th IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and this year is an evaluation year. What does that mean? Every three years, the IEP (a formal meeting of the "IEP team" that produces a legal document that outlines the specific educational needs of each special needs child) includes a comprehensive evaluation. The IEP is an individualized plan administered by a school district. The plan itself is decided by an IEP team which consists of the child's parents … [Read more...]