My child was diagnosed with Autism (ADS) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at 4 years old. At that time there was limited or no information for parents. This is a collection of information and things I have learned over the years. I hope it helps you in your journey with a special needs child.
Suspect something is wrong with your child? Where do I start? What do I do now? Maybe we can help. Let's start here...
So you have an official diagnosis? Now what? We have bit of info that might help. We add new information daily, so please sign-up and check back.
There are many resources available in Tennessee. Here are a few that I found useful.
There is free high-level parent management training. This information is high-level and in a bubble based on trauma, however, I think it has a lot of really great resources.
Autism Partnership Foundation is now offering a FREE 40 hour Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training – for anyone – FOREVER. Every caregiver should have this training.
Looking for ways to become more mindful when parenting? Have you considered to take a completely different approach? Consider take a buddhist approach to parenting?
There comes a time when every parent struggles with how best to discipline their child. Whether dealing with a screaming toddler or an angry teen, it can be hard to control your temper. No parent wants to find themselves in such a situation and the bottom line is that shouting and physical violence never help. So what do we do?
Let's discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of discipline.
How to combat frustration when you're at your wit's end. I am still learning how to cope and find ways to deal with burnout. Try the 3-3-3 rule to manage the overwhelm feeling.
Where do I turn when my child is out of control? We have been there...we know what you are going though at this exact moment.
Let's face it parenting is hard, it may be the hardest thing you will do in life. Parenting a child with special needs is even harder. When it comes to education we can be at a loss...here is 9 1/2 ways to supercharge your child's education and have a bit of fun along the way.
I walked into my first IEP meeting blind and walked out signing up for things I knew would not work for my child. Don't make that same mistake. This is some of my lessons learned and the process that I learned along the way.
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Jessica - 2022 Parent with an Autistic Child
Note, I am not a doctor, I do not diagnose, nor do I treat children with Autism or ADHD. Please see your doctor if you have any concerns about your child. I am a parent teaching other parents. ~ Jen Cline
This program is designed to coach parents of special needs children. No one should be alone on the challenging journey of parenting a special needs child. We are here to help you navigate though the process.
IEP's can be overwhelming, difficult and time consuming. Unless you are armed with the right information. We can walk you through the process, prepare you for IEP meetings and help you lobby for what your child needs to be set up for success.
We have used several tools and resources over the year. We have gathered a few of our favorites to share.
We support and educate Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain & Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, & difficulty at school or work.