“My child is on the spectrum, but she is very capable of participating in this activity.”
But how does that help me now? Now that there is nowhere left to go? Does no one understand that our children are capable of growing? That they won’t always be the bad kid.
Also, According to Autism Speaks, “On average, autism costs an estimated $60,000 a year through childhood, with the bulk of the costs in special services and lost wages related to increased demands on one or both parents.”
This journey has become thinking you have made progress only to have it pulled out from under you a few months down the road. Rinse and repeat. Over and over again.
ABA therapy and techniques have made me a better parent. While this treatment may not be appropriate for everyone, it has changed my child’s life for the better.
No one ever said that doing what is right always results in happy endings.
They thrive on routines and structure is a crucial component to helping them function at their best.
There is a time and a place for teaching discipline and that time is not during a meltdown.