My son was diagnosed with autism in 2004 at the age of 3 and 1/2. Prior to this, I only met one other person with the same diagnosis. I was absolutely terriefied because I was suposed to make informed decisions about his treatment and did not even know where to begin. It is a scary when you need to be an expert about something that you know nothing about.
I began making phone calls trying to find services for my son. Many of my phone calls were never returned and those that were offered services we could not afford. By a stroke of luck, I spoke to someone from a parent organization called Milestones. They offered to give me a complimentary ticket to their annual conference. This conferenced changed the course of both of our lives. I learned about ABA therapy and how it was making real measurable differences in language development, social skills, adaptive skills, and behavior. I even met a provider (Jennifer Might) that was able to start a home program for Colin. We immediatly enrolled Coin in a home ABA program. Within two weeks he was able to communicate by pointing. It's been long journey but I'm happy to report that 9 years later, Colin is blossoming.
I am so grateful that my son inspired me to work in this field. In the years following his diagnosis, I have become a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst. I have had the unique opportunity to work in many different settings with many different kiddos. I love helping children gain new skills and develop friendships with peers. There is nothing more gratifying than watching a student gain independence and exceed others expectations.
I volunteerd for Skill Corps to train families, teachers, and staff with the skills they need to help their students blossom. All children diagnosed with autism deserve services that will allow them to reach their highest potential ~ regardless of where they live!
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