Tuesday, April 26, 2011

short update post

1. I'm fighting with my school district over Elliott's services, and it is ugly and it is exhausting. I know a lot about special education law now, enough to know that this school district is violating it.

2. Ben has started using "like" every third word or so and he thinks he is kind of cool all of a sudden.

3. Elliott is making huge progress pronouncing his words. His speech pathologists think he has apraxia, which is why it's so difficult for him.

4. Elliott got a "Moe Howard" hair cut today. Not by request.

5. I can't wait for summer break. I'm going to be swimming every day in the Bartletts' pool!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Thursday, April 07, 2011

inland empire autism resources that i've found helpful

Autism Resources That I've Found Helpful

http://educateadvocateca.com/default.aspx (run by a local woman with a child with autism—lots of local workshops and meetings)

http://www.wrightslaw.com/ (special education law, run by an attorney—he also does workshops nation-wide)

http://www.pacer.org/legislation/idea/ (an overview of the impact of IDEA 2004 on special education)

http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/fp/documents/ectransitn.pdf#search=preschool%20disability&view=FitH&pagemode=none (handbook from the CA Dept. of Education on transitioning from IRC to preschool to kindergarten)

Book: Autism: Asserting Your Child's Right to a Special Education

Here are the names of the two email listservs I'm on through yahoo groups. The parents on these are a full of amazingly helpful information. You just need a yahoo email account to sign up for them:


Local Resources:
Local autism meetings: http://www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/california/inland-empire/
Inland Empire Autism Society: http://www.ieautism.com/

Also, KVCR is hosting lots of television specials on autism this month. They are great. Here's the programming schedule: http://kvcr.org/~/media/Files/SBCCD/KVCR/PDF/KVCR%20Autism%20Programs%20April%202010.ashx

Finally, we put my son on a gluten-free, casein-free diet. It helped him but doesn't help every kids. Here's a link to a book on that: http://www.amazon.com/Kid-Friendly-ADHD-Autism-Cookbook-Gluten-Free/dp/1592332234