Autism Parents’ Starter Kit: Tips & Tools for Your 1st Year
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Raising and caring for a child with autism spectrum disorder is hard. On top of the typical challenges of parenting, you'll also become an expert in autism research, advocacy, and therapies. The good news is, you don't have to do it alone!
Become a More Effective Parent for your Child with Autism Using Tools and Strategies from a Veteran Autism Mom
A Comprehensive Resource for New and Veteran Autism Parents
Autism spectrum disorder doesn't just affect 1 in 68 children. It affects their parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers as well. Those of us who care for someone with autism are left to sort through an overwhelming mountain of information and claims before we can decide how best to help our kids.
This course is designed to help you do just that - sit down with a veteran autism mom for real-world advice and solidly researched information on autism therapies, treatments, and coping strategies you can use right now.
Content and Overview
We'll start out at the very beginning, by exploring the significant signs of autism. If you've already seen lists of developmental milestones, but didn't really know what they meant, you'll learn what autism looks like in the first section of this course.
We'll delve into the different types of therapies available to you, and I'll help you figure out which ones are right for your child.
Next, I'll help you through your first IEP meeting, and give you my best tips and strategies for dealing with the school system.
Finally, I'll help you get - and stay - organized. You have enough stress in your life without hunting for paperwork!
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|Section 1: About the Autism Parents' Starter Kit|
Welcome and thanks for joining me in the Autism Parents' Starter Kit! In this lecture, I'll introduce myself, tell you a bit about my autism story, and lay down some basic ground rules to keep things running smoothly. Don't forget to visit the discussion area and post your own introduction!
Course Expectations and Code of Conduct
|Section 2: What Is Autism?|
In this lecture, we'll discuss some of the most common signs of autism, including:
Be sure to download the printable slides if you'd like to follow along and take notes. They're in the resources section.
In this lecture, we go over the reasons some parents avoid diagnosis, and bust a few myths about what an autism diagnosis means for your child.
What Is Autism?
|Section 3: Day One|
The first few days or weeks - or even months - after an autism diagnosis can be overwhelming! In this video, I'll guide you through the most common therapies available, so you'll know what to look for and what therapies you can safely skip, based on what your child needs.
Not sure what to do next? Post your questions to the discussion area. I make a point to answer as quickly as possible!
Learn where to find the best autism resources in your area and online.
I won't lie to you and tell you that life is all unicorns and roses once your child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder - you wouldn't believe me anyway! In this video, we'll talk about cold, hard reality for a bit. Parenting a child with autism is a tough job - but don't worry, you can do this.
Head over to the discussion area for extra support and encouragement - that's what it's there for!
If you'd like to print a copy of the lecture slides, they're available in the resources section.
|Quiz 3||2 questions|
The challenges facing you immediately following an autism diagnosis
|Section 4: Understand the IEP Process|
IEP meetings can be daunting, but in this section, I'll guide you through the first phase of the IEP process and share my best tips for keeping the process running smoothly.
Not sure what accommodations your child needs at school, or what you should request? You'll find out in this section.
|Quiz 4||4 questions|
Recall what you've learned about the IEP process.
|Section 5: Get Organized|
In this video, I'll show you how I keep my kids' autism paperwork organized and easily accessible.
|Quiz 5||1 question|
Reflect on the importance of getting - and staying - organized.
|Section 6: Additional Resources|
This is a short list of excellent blogs, websites, and podcasts that will provide you with helpful, inspiring, and accurate information about autism.
There are so many activities you can do at home to help your child improve their skills!
Tricia Ballad began her professional life as a web developer for application teams at TransUnion, Greenwich Capital, and Follett Library Resources. Driven by her interest in productivity and project workflow, she studied best practices and strategies for getting more done.
In 2004, she left the corporate world to pursue a full-time writing career while caring for her growing family. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Securing PHP Web Applications (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2008), PHP & MySQL Web Development All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies, 2008), Access Control, Authentication, and Public Key Infrastructure (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010), Daughter of Oreveille (Faeland Press, 2013, and Lady of Gaia (Faeland Press, 2014).
She also started several successful blogs, including a travel blog called Return to Disney, where she writes about Walt Disney World vacations for families affected by autism, ADHD, and food allergies. Her blogging career really took off after she and her husband took their children to Walt Disney World in 2010 to get away from the world after two of their sons were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. They needed a break from reality.
Tricia's interest in productivity and project management became a full-blown obsession as she faced the challenges of meeting her professional goals while balancing the responsibilities of a large, creative, and demanding family of special-needs kids.
In her decade of creative entrepreneurship, Tricia has modified the project management skills she learned in the software development arena to apply to unique needs of writers and other creatives. In 2011, she formed the MomWriters Goals Group, where she mentors other writers facing challenges related to goal setting, project planning and management, and staying on track despite distractions. She currently blogs about writing amidst the chaos of life at TB Creative.