Exclusively for Autism Moms and female caregivers raising a child with Autism where we talk ALL things about Autism that go hand in hand with our journey.
35. Early Intervention and and IFSP Explained
If you are concerned about your child’s development or suspect that your little one may have a disability, this episode is for you! There is actually so much to know about early intervention.
HOW your child would qualify for an IFSP?
Each state has specific guidelines for the IFSP
What can you expect to be included in an IFSP?
The differences between an IFSP and an IEP
What types of services can be provided on an IFSP?
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (State by State Contact information)
34. How do you Share your Child's Autism Diagnosis
This is actually one of the biggest questions moms have after getting their child’s autism diagnosis. Who should know and why? In this episode, I am talking about why, when, how, and with who you should share the diagnosis?
Autism is something that more and more people are aware of, but there is still a lot of misleading information out there. Your family and friends may not know what it means or they might have a picture in their head of what autism looks like.
There are many important things that you will want to include in this conversation and the last one is the most important so stay with me until the end.
33. Having the "Autism Talk" with your Child
In today's episode, I give you some insight into having "the talk" with your child about their autism diagnosis. I give you some of the signs that you may see that will tell you, it might be time.
These conversations are as individual as your child but the most important thing is to assure them that getting a diagnosis does not change who they are, everyone loves them the same, all it does is help us to understand how their brain works and figure out some ways to make some things easier for their brain to process and figure out.
The process of explaining an autism diagnosis is likely going to be ongoing. Don't over-complicate the first one with too much information and don't overthink it.
32. What is an FBA and Why Your Child Might Need One
If your student's behaviors are interfering with their success in the educational setting, an FBA might be just what they need.
An FBA is a behavioral assessment used to track data to figure out why a student acts a certain way. In the assessment, the goal is to determine what is behind the behavior which you might hear referred to as the “function of the behavior” and what purpose that behavior might be serving the student. This is important because it leads the evaluator to look beyond just the behavior and instead, to the underlying motivation for it.
An FBA leads to an overview of what function or purposes the behavior serves so that the team can then use that information to develop a Behavior Intervention Plan for that student, sometimes called a BIP.
31. Are You Dealing with an Angry Child?
In this episode, I talk about all things behavior. You are not alone.
Behavior challenges are among the biggest struggles reported by parents raising a child with autism. If you're like me and maybe have never heard of anger rumination, I'll explain what it is and how it might be impacting your child.
I'll also give you strategies that you can use when you are in the moment.
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30. The Eligibility Determination Meeting & the Differences of a 504 Plan and an IEP
The requested evaluations are completed and the school calls you to schedule the meeting. What Now?
In this episode, I walk you through the things you need to know about this process. What your expectations should and should not be.
I review the purpose and explanation of both a 504 Plan and an IEP and tell you things that you may hear and what you should always do.
Autism parenting - I’m not alone!
As a mom raising a young man with Autism, I am so glad I found this Podcast and then the wonderful community of moms who are a part of the group. It’s comforting to find women who are sharing the same frustrations, questions, doubts, and fears as I am.
The episode about sibling relationships helped me understand the impact of my sons diagnosis on his sister.
I highly recommend this show and look at the website and the group on social media.
Thank you Shannon!
For Moms of children with Autism
Being the Mom of a child with Autism can be a very lonely path. It’s complicated , frustrating, and a learning curve that could make every parent cringe. I happen to have two best friends with Sons on the Spectrum. I also know that they have a unique ability to support each other. This podcast is a resource to improve the lives of Mothers of children with Autism. Not all Mothers have a safe place to go for understanding. It’s going to be incredible to find so much help and support in one place.