So there are a couple things I am bothered by right now.
#1- pool safety and children with autism. I know many ASD parents can vouch that kids with autism are attracted to water. Look at all the drowning reports in the past couple years. It can happen in a split second and cause neurological damage beyond repair. I used to work for a pediatric sub acute in Loma Linda. Many many of those children where in a "vegetable state" with permanent brain damage. Many of those children's conditions came from near drownings at their own homes. I have seen the loss and devastation. Why can't others see it?
#2- We all know ASD kids thrive on routine, right. So why would you have a teacher for your child one year, a different teacher for ESY (end of school year) and then another new teacher the following year? I know for a fact my daughter should have the same teacher as last year, but I am getting the run around about how I would have to do a district transfer and that there is no guarantee, blah, blah, blah... BULL SHIT. I know several parents who have requested the same teachers and have gotten them. I am willing to bet even with the district preschool changes this year, some of those parents will get the same teachers EVEN if that teacher is not at the child's home-school. It's all a crock and a ploy and what's the worst is they are toying with my daughter's future and education and it really pisses me off. I will not stop fighting for my daughter's rights.
Okay, I am off my soapbox now.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I am pleased to announce that I was given a chance to review the book Point to Happy: For Children on the Autism Spectrum. I tried it out with Katlynn during her therapy sessions and on my own time with her.
This book is a godsend to any parent and child dealing with autism, aspergers, add, adhd- but to be perfectly honest, every parent should read it with their kids especially children that learn better about emotions visually. Who doesn't learn better visually using real life photos of classroom and social behavior? I was pleased to see the simple and basic feelings shown beautifully. It touches on simple life skills such as playing, staying close, quiet time, colors, routines, etc. There is even a section in the back where you can add your own social or emotional story yourself.
Point to Happy: For Children on the Autism Spectrum is a must have for EVERY child that is entering preschool and/or kindergarten. Every library needs this book ... tell yours!
You can purchase it HERE.