i have a friend?
isnt she supposed to be doing therapy or something isnt that a form of autism?????
i was just wondering cuz she told me she has pdd nos and she really doesnt do anything for this little girl that is so behind
i was wondering what she should be doin so i can tell her
As a special education teacher, I am happy when parents are interested in providing some consistency between our school program and the child’s home. To me, the most important thing is that the parents give the child some responsibility as a member of the family. I am greatly concerned when parents do everything for the child rather than teaching her and supporting her to be as independent as possible. At home, this would include things like cleaning up toys, putting away her laundry, perhaps doing a household chore like sweeping the floor or watering the flowers.
But as much as I dislike it when parents have no expectations of their children, I also dislike it when parents feel that they need to constantly be functioning as therapists at home. All of us, kids and adults alike, need to have time at home to kick back, relax, indulge our personal interests, and enjoy each other as parent and child. Kids with special needs are kids first, and it’s unfair to everyone to insist that their special needs are the focus of the entire day. The most important thing that the parents can do is to be loving and supportive, as they would with any child. There are plenty of activities that could be done at home to benefit the child, and the teacher would probably be glad to suggest some. But the parent’s primary job is to be a parent, not a therapist.
Sometimes the parents of a special needs child is either too overwhelmed to really hear what is being recommended and follow through or is going through grief or denial.
It might be the child is receiving special ed services at school and that is why you aren’t seeing a lot going on at home.
She probably has some form of high-functioning autism.