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Leah - posted on 10/21/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, I joined this Circle as I work as a Special Needs Teacher Assistant and am always wanting to learn more. Who better to learn from than families who live every day of their lives with a child or children with special needs. I have several friends who have one or more of their children who require Early Intervention as well as needing access to a variety of Therapies.

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Lori - posted on 10/26/2008

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Hi, I'm a mom to an 8 year old with autism, and I'm also a teacher for children with moderate to severe special needs. I'm American, but working in Shanghai, China for a school for children with these needs.

A good resource is www.autismpodcast.org

Thanks for working as a special needs assistant. As the teacher, I know that I could not live without my assistants! You do it all.

Lori

Kerry - posted on 10/21/2008

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Where in the world do you live leah? welcome to the circle by the way. Its slowly starting to make progress and gather members!
I am in australia (central queensland) and we have little access to therapy here, only the worst case scenario can be helped within our medical system, other therapy is beyond what most people can afford.
so being one of the poor people, i didnt have acess to much help for my kids and learned slowly the hard way. One of the hardest things has been the government education system. It has taken a lot of years to show some progress toward coping with the differences of autistic kids.
The sot 'touchy feely' system is not cohesive with autism. The education system is challenged by a bunch of kids who dont give a damn about someone elses feelings, and no matter how many times they are excluded from school, they still dont care.(in general of course).
That was one of the things that as a parent i had the hardest time getting through to my kids, that even if you dont like a person there is no need to treat them badly. Takes a lot of work to teach an autistic child to have compassion for others.
good to hear from you if there is something you want to know, just ask.
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