4 year old grandson who has autism

Sharon - posted on 04/19/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 4 yr old grandson who I have guardianship has autism, he is so disruptive and can get violent he punched me in the face, kicks, punches his sisters, especially when you tell him to do something he doesn't want to do or doesn't get his way. His vocabulary is that of a two year old. He is potty trained. I have tried to get him tested but it takes 6 weeks before I can get a reply it is very stressful I have trouble with him every day so it is repetitive every day. I know he can't help what he does and he gets so frustrated when we can't understand him on what he is trying to say. We want so much to help him now because his mother refused to believe he has it . Please help ! Any suggestions are welcomed.

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Sarah - posted on 04/19/2016

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So this child is in a typical pre k now or not in school at all? At 4 he falls under the IDEA law, a huge federal program to help kids with special needs get them met with in the public school system. My first suggestion is to contact the Dept of Special Ed in the public school he will attend. Ask for a parent requested eval of all areas. It may take a bit but they will do a hearing, language, cognition, and behavioral assessment at no cost. Then when the results are complied; a plan for his education can be created. You, as his legal guardian have the right to accept or demand changes be made in this plan. These types of written pan are called IEP, Individual Education Plan (protocol). In my district where I work as a school nurse I have dozens and dozens of these plans. We have had great success with the ASD kids and are actually pitching a program to be used nationwide for ASD kids. If you need any help please ask. I know you are doing the best you can, but all you need to start the process is a request. You will need the BC down the road but to start the ball rolling you just call the school. If you are the legal guardian, go to the Country Clerk's office and get a copy of the BC. Hopefully they were born nearby.

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Sharon - posted on 04/19/2016

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We were given temporary guardianship because the mother is homeless and the kids needed a stable environment, plus they needed to be in school after mom not putting them in school for 1 whole school year . I was able to get them in school under the McKinney Vento homeless Act Law. I have not been able at this time to get their insurance going due to not receiving the 4 year Old's birth certificate yet. All these things are needed to apply for aide for the children. And before you ask mom does not have any of the certificates or cards. Unfortunately it is voidable if she gets a steady home and income to support her children. I love having them here and have been able to do these things because God gives me the strength and energy to do so. I give thanks to him for all my blessings.

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2016

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Why are you his guardian if mom is in the picture? The public school should do the eval in a timely manner, if you have to wait 6 weeks, then at least get on the waiting list
he obviously need services and you need help to learn how to manage him. His diagnosis cannot become his ticket to act anyway he wants; he need some effective consequences so he can learn that certain behaviors are not acceptable.

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