The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
I have obtained a bachelor of arts degree and worked in business at a senior management level for over 20 years. At age 57, I have now retired from that life and am available and willing to assist others in need. I am the mother of a son, now age 20, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder before age 3, primarily due to my early persistence in seeking professional medical assistance/advice; and realizing that with early intervention, the educational outcome for him would be much better. I am extremely well read and versed with regard to various accepted treatment plans, behavioral interventions, and methods of language development; and, quite honestly, probably the most important skill of all is that I have two decades of direct,successful, hands-on experience. My son completed through the 8th grade with the assistance of an aid focused entirely on him and assisting the teacher and him with his learning and encouraging him to stay focused in the public school room. I well understand now why aid is required and so important for optimum results. He was then able to attend high school in a special education class without an individual aid, and successfully completed four years of high school. He is now enjoying attending an after high school educational program with other special needs young people like he, and is learning and developing life skills in order for him to be able to successfully live as independently as possible.
I have a very positive attitude, understanding that autistic children learn differently than other children, but each individual can and will learn best with the establishment of firm, clear, not wavy or sometimes applied, rules, and clearly identified expected acceptable behaviors. Repeated redirection, frequent praise and encouragement, and consistent rules are always required, delivered in a firm, patient, and respectful manner. The child develops good social behaviors by modeling those good behaviors of his/her primary care or learning provider(s), as autistic children very often lack a set of developed social skills, let alone good ones.
In short, I believe that I am most qualified to assist a child in order to decipher and decode a most confusing world to him. Succeeding with one's own child is the ultimate training experience. I have obtained a bachelor of arts degree and worked in business at a senior management level for over 20 years. At age 57, I have now retired from that life and am available and willing to assist others in need. I am the mother of a son, now age 20, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder before age 3, primarily due to my early
While I do not possess a degree in education, I have successfully raised a son, now 20 years old, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder around age 3. I was instrumental in researching and obtaining training in a particular home behavioral therapy model, which was then successfully implemented. Over two decades I have researched various treatment plans and applied several, as well as researching and implementing various learning models for social skill development, behavior modification, and language development and use.