Losing the Long Time Autistic Aide My son has been with his school aide since kindergarten. He’s now in fifth grade. He has had his school aide for well over five years. That’s consistency. Why is consistency so important? When you find a good aide the goal is to keep that aide for as long as possible. What are you looking for in an aide? You like the aide personally, he/she seems to connect with your child, the aide understands what the parents want for their child, and the aide seems to have some knowledge of behaviors of autistic … [Read more...]

How do you transition your child's aide? Aides come in all shapes and sizes. They're people. Some have behavioral degrees, others are just kids in college who need a job (read no training). Aides have lives just like anyone. And, may are younger people in their 20's. They change jobs, get married, and go back to school. Also, in general, many aide jobs do not pay well. We once lost a very good aide because her job simply wasn't paying the bills. What does this lead to...transitions. Aides move on and our autistic kids have to get used to … [Read more...]