Autism is not a one-size fits all condition. It is often said that if you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism. What works for one person may not work for another; what works one time may not work the next time. That’s why it’s beneficial to have options…to fill up your toolbox with different plans to meet the next challenge.
I am a mom of children with Autism and other special needs, and I’ve been advocating for them for over 17 years. I’ve learned a lot through this journey, and I’d like to share what I have learned with you. There’s a lot of new language to learn, a lot of specialists and therapists that you’ll encounter, so many meetings to attend (IEPs, IFSPs, etc.), and a lot of other medical conditions that can go along with Autism.
It can be overwhelming to navigate all of this – and you don’t get an instruction manual with your special needs child that tells you what steps you need to take and when. That’s where I can help.
Have a quick chat with us to learn more about our services.
I will help you with the IEP process, preparing for meetings and how to maintain a positive relationship with the schools, to get your child everything they need to succeed.
Autism is not a one-size fits all condition. It is often said that if you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism. What works for one person may not work for another; what works one time may not work the next time. That’s why it’s beneficial to have options…to fill up your toolbox with different plans to meet the next challenge. Join my group and join the discussion.
IEP meetings can be intimidating for parents. You can easily feel overwhelmed and outnumbered. Here we will discuss how to make the most of your role on the IEP Team. Yes, you bring something important to the table. Let's discuss how to get organized and prepare for these meetings.
Having raised two boys with autism, I have been in your shoes before. Whether you need to vent or talk about IEPs, seizures or guardianship, I am here to help you. Let's talk!
My experiences include going through the diagnostic process; finding organizations that can help you obtain services for your child; taking care of multiple children with disabilities; recognizing co-morbid conditions like epilepsy, ADHD, various genetic and autoimmune disorders; IEPs and education concerns/issues; transition from school age to adulthood; guardianship and the need for a special needs trust in estate planning. There isn't much I haven't seen during this journey, and I would like to share what I've learned with you. My groups and chats will be a judgement-free zone -- safe spaces for you to share what's on your mind, a place to offer you support and a forum to give you ideas on practical solutions you can use now.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
special needs advocacy, vitalGuides
I am a mom of children with Autism and other special needs, and I’ve been advocating for them for over 17 years. During this time, I have developed some go-to sources for information and some action plans for what needs to be done and when. I have had to become well-versed in how to advocate for my children in school, in medical settings and even family settings. We've had many medical issues come up that we've later learned are interconnected with Autism -- some of which, I had never heard of before.
I interact with the Vitalxchange Community through my free group. Check out my offers page to join. I will also be offering some other groups targeted to certain aspects like IEPs, co-morbid medical conditions (such as seizures, anxiety, genetic and autoimmune disorders), and sibling relationships. Soon I will offer some checklists and guides regarding where to start after diagnosis, how to document (and why that's important), and what you need to know and do as your child gets older. These offerings will be listed as they become available. I will answer specific questions you may have during virtual "coffee" chats soon.