working moms: Autism & FMLA question

Valerie - posted on 03/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have worked at a local bank for 4 years and they DO offer FMLA. My question is does anyone have any experience with using FMLA for your autistic child? I'm not sure if that would qualify or how it works exactly. They gave me some examples, like if your child has asthma, and has an asthma attack at school, if you have to leave to pick him up, or take him to the dr. you could use FMLA time... my son has lots of dr appointments, but I wouldnt know what to say or what to put on those forms... "My son sometimes freaks out and I have to take him to a quite place and sing to him." I mean really what else would I say. "Sometimes my son has "bad days"." or "He's in "his own little world" today and can't participate" ... any info would be greatly appreciated!

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Valerie

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Leslie - posted on 03/18/2009

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Talk to your doctor. They should be able to help you fill out the form. Also Human resources should help as well. While your child may have a special appointment you have to be with him to keep him healthy as well as work. They should work with you no matter what.

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Melanie - posted on 03/27/2012

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If your place of employment offers FMLA you can take an intermittent leave. However you are only allowed to take the 12 weeks but it will be over the course of a year. It would only be valid for your son's appointments, emergencies, doctors visits, therapies,etc. FMLA has been a Godsend for me. We had a hard time finding someone trained to care for my son so I have intermittent leave. If he gets out of school early, no school, doctors appointment, etc. I can leave and it protects my job. I try to stay away from the doctors appointment and use sick time for that to prevent using all of my FMLA since it is only last 12 weeks per year. I have to recertify every 6 months and his doctor has no problem completing the recertification. You can also find more info if you google FMLA and autism. Good Luck!!!

Consuelo - posted on 01/12/2011

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Hey Valerie, how did it work out for you? Did you submit the paperwork to your pediatrician? From recent experience you are eligible for FMLA for an autistic child. However make sure your pediatrician specifically that the number of days and times per month you will need. e.g. 0-5 times a month from 1 to 3 days on each occurrence. This way if you child has a beautiful month and you don't use it won't cancel your FMLA case and you won't have to submit paperwork all over again.

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