Early, Intensive Cognitive and Developmental Therapy: Success with Variety of Interventions
Janis Miskimins graduated from the University of Kansas in 1991 with a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. She has years of experience working with and advocating for children and families. With the adoption of her son, who is now 12 and carries the Asperger diagnosis, she has worked mostly with Cognitive Developmental theories on a 24/7 basis in her home and with the public schools her son has attended.
Early intervention has been a focus. There are no seemingly absolute answers for children in the Autism Spectrum. Children's conditions and abilities differ widely. Family needs and resources greatly affect the outcome of any recommended treatment and hope for progress. Autism creates the need for special services in nutrition, daily life skills, social interaction, medications, education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language development -- and more.
Autism is a demanding and relentless disorder. Parents, who are often blamed for the seemingly lack of parental control, need a support team who understands the entire scope of needs. The child often overrides the daily demands placed upon the family. A trip to the store may not seem like a good idea considering the stress of the day on the tired and ready to melt-down Autistic child, but a trip to the store may be vital to provide the necessary goods for the family.
Remember, we are all learning together. My son is now 12 years old. I scramble to keep up with his emotional, developmental, cognitive...all of his needs one step at a time. Each day is important. Each day renew your hope and love for your child.
I encourage you to talk to your child -- no matter what -- talk to your child.
Sing to your child. Take everything you want to say and put it to a gentle rap kind of music.
Watch and see if your child hears you better when you sing your words of encouragement rather than say them.
Repetition and song! There is power to be found here!
May God bless and direct you. Prayer has been our best daily tool!