Hi my name is Jodi. I am the mom of 3 girls, and just like you I have a child with autism. Through all the struggles of getting a diagnosis and therapy, I learned some important things that I felt like I needed to share with you. First I realized that too much was wasted time waiting for a diagnosis, even though we were getting speech therapy. 14 months. During this time I have also learned that we are the best therapist, teachers, and advocates our children can have.
I know you are probably as shocked as I was. I am not kidding though. You can do this and I will help you get there. Together we can help your child achieve so much more than therapy alone. If you don’t have access to therapy then you definitely need to be here! The waiting time for a diagnosis is ridiculous and there is a lot you can be doing with your child in the meantime.
Therapy will help your child, I am not saying it won’t. You can help your child so much more! You and I spend a lot more time with our children than a therapist. Knowing how to help them makes that time invaluable. Oh, and you don’t need to be therapisty, I know it isn’t a word. But it fits. You just need to be yourself, armed with information, tips, and tricks to see results nothing special or that takes a lot of extra time or effort. Most of them aren’t instantaneous but depending on where you are at you may see a difference pretty quickly!
I’m here because I can’t stand to see one more story about a child with autism that is misunderstood, think about them going hungry, and much less the worse articles that you see. I have all this experience ( a Master’s Degree in Psychological Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, I am also a licensed school counselor and a licensed early childhood educator) and feel like it I need to make sure no parents of children with autism are left frustrated, alone, angry with themselves and their child, scared and worried about the future. Not if I can help them, and I can.
Most importantly I am the mom of 3 spectacular girls. The facts are my youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism at 26 months, and although I had known it, initiated the evaluation myself and called endlessly for months to get help it was still devastating. More than 14 months after I began trying to get help and mind you I knew what to do, where to go and who to call. I can’t imagine what moms must be going through that don’t know where to start!
Together we will make a difference in the life of your child!
Have a Beautiful Day!