We are currently in the middle of the affects of having a child with autism. We will be working our way from the parent perspective to a sibling perspective within the next two weeks.
We discussed a lot in class this past week. Some of our main topics were national statistics, insurance battles and financial struggles of parents. We'll talk a little more about all of that this week before we move on from parents.
For this blog post you will be doing a bit more reading that usual. Unfortunately I cannot find videos for everything that I want to get across to you, and articles are all over the place about this stuff!
To begin, please read the article about the Davis family. You should remember Bill and Chris from the video I showed you last week. This article was written quite awhile ago, as Chris is only 8 or 9 when it was published and now he is in high school or older. But I think this article does a great job of showing you some of the sacrifices that families end up making for their child. It also shows you more of the difficulties that they had to face from day to day.
The last piece that I want you to read is this. It's an article that goes step-by-step through the day as a parent of a child with autism.
I think this gives you great information about the amount of planning and scheduling that goes into the home life of a child with autism. You all see our planning here and our lists and schedules. That does not stop once the child goes home!
From my experience with working in the home of a teenager with autism, the parents depended on us aides for the evenings after school and for weekends! Saturday shifts could be very very long if we did not set a schedule and fill it with many different activities.
Don't forget to head over to the homework tab and see what your requirements are for this coming week.
Finally, I would like to announce our February
STAR LINK OF THE MONTH!
Be on the lookout for Kayla's blog post here soon! Please congratulate Kayla next time you see her!
Have a great rest of the week, everyone!