Hello All, My name is Angela. My 22 month old was just diagnosed with ASD yesterday. I have read alot on the subject but I would like someone to tell me how early intervention helped your child. Reading articles are great but I'd love to hear it from someone that actually expericenced it first hand.
My Little one is developmentally delayed, not talking and completely anti-social. He just started developmental therapy last week and will start speech therapy next week. He is on a waiting list for ABA therapy and it may take a few months to get him started. Any thoughts, stories, outcomes would be greatly appreciated. I want to do all I can to help him get the right start. I have read that early intervention can highly affective. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance. :)
First, make sure you expose him to as many NT children and situation as you can. We learn sometimes best, by practical application and practice.
Second ABA therapy is not always a good fit - so you might also look into diet, vitamin, music, and animal therapy, along with floor time or the son rise programs.
I have classic autism, and i'm an adult, who's married with 2 children. My speech as an adult can still be extremely hard to understand, and I still struggle with normal conversation and I can still be incredibly anti social.
The thing you have to remember is no matter how he improves, and what skills he gains over time, he's always wired for autism. You can't therapy it out of him and he will need room to be himself, including stimming, and whatever else his quirks are.
IT's incredibly hard to "fake normal" all the time. I do okay for short periods of time, and it's mentally exhausting. I find that being myself at home, allows me to fake it longer in social situations, or around others who don't know or accept my autism.
My childhood was full of therapies - and the one thing I can say Is I never really had a chance to just be a kid. Looking back, I wish I had less therapy, and more play time in structured ways. For example, horse back riding lessons, or things that interested me similar to that.
Aidan is now 6 1/2 and started ABA therapies when he was 3 1/2. It helped him so much.
When Aidan was first diagnosed, he was only speaking 4 - 5 words at a time, tantrumed (I believe due to not being able to communicate his needs properly), paralell play with other kids, minimal eye contact and eloped alot.
Over the course of 3 years along with his ABA therapy, we had many playdates, he was enrolled in a special needs preschool (but was intergrated with NT kids), and had him enrolled in extra activities like horse riding therapy, gymnastics and swimming lessons. Any opportunity we had to expose him to NT kids and situations, we did it. Meltdowns and all! lol
Aidan does better socially (he still needs help in some situations), but we can see such an improvement. He now goes up to other kids to play with them. His speech still needs work and he's getting speech therapy at school.
We are very proud of all he's accomplished over the last 3 years.
My son's therapist stated that ABA therapy would not work for my son but ESE preschool would. My son was anti social with children his age at age 2-3. He graduated preschool this year and is now in a typical kindergarten class. He talks clearly, his violent behavier is non existant, no melt downs, he plays with children more like a typical child does now. Antonio, our son is potty trained too. He still receives services now with his IEP; speech therapy.
My child is 5 and starting kindergarten next week. He was diagnosed at the age of 3. At three the only words he knew were Momma, Dada, and Tractor. At 3.3 his vocabulary blossomed and he was speaking in paragraphs in a weeks time. He started speech at 2.5 years. He also went to a NT preschool and SN preschool for the last two years. We put him in programs like Little Gym because he needed the constant stimulation in order to deal with his peers. He started OT at 3.5 years. We didn't do ABA but chose the Teacch program instead. We fostered relationships with people his own age and meet them often at science museums, parks, and bounce houses (stimulation again).
Monday he will start kindergarten as a mainstream student. He will only go out for 20 min a week for speech but will be watched by both the Teacch coordinator and the OT.
My son is now 31 months and we started aba therapy 2 months back. I was very skeptical and i felt that my son will be crying all the time. But he enjoys with his teacher. First benefit was that he learnt to interact with an adult other than his parents.From the therapist i learnt several techniques that i use now. His attention span has increased. He has picked up many words. My son would never let strangers lift him. Now he knows what a teacher means. Today was his first OT and he was ok with the new teacher lifting him and moving him around. I was surprised. Usually he would scream if anybody tried that. There is lot of improvement in him. He follows instructions, though not always. Go for it, u wont regret it! The best part is they come home!
Alex has had 2 years of developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and a miasma of dr's and specialists taking a look at him. We are transtioning over to after 3 care. We were lucky. Early Intervention was working with my other son Caleb because of speech issues and low weight, when they noticed that Alex had global delays. We are going to be starting behavior therapy soon. Early Intervention was great for my family. They were able to help us learn how to deal with Alex's aversions and how to incorporate a lot of things into learning situations. I was a little bummed out when services started slacking, but his new case manager said that there really wasn't anymore that the therapists could do for us. They got us information on the toy library close to us and helped us Alex proof our home.
My son was just diagnosed at age 2, but he started early intervention at 14 months. He's made a lot of progress so far, but the thing that has helped him the most has been our parent involvement in the therapies. We've had to really take the lead and have his team modify their approach according to what we knew was working and what wasn't. Not only that, we've had to continue working with him to reinforce the therapy techniques around the clock during everyday activities and outings. At this point, he is verbal (but using an ipad to communicate), knows all of his letters and many colors, and his behavior is steadily improving. I don't think that we would be seeing much progress if we didn't take control of the intervention though, which is fine, EI was cool with that =)