I first started writing this post on March 9th, before we got Ethan’s official ASD diagnosis, and finished the post on April 17. It’s been a busy couple of months. We’re finally in the middle of the process of getting Ethan assessed to get authorization for his ABA therapy hours, and hope to start ABA in 2-4 weeks. We left for Cambria, California on Saturday, March 9th, meaning to have a much needed vacation. But as luck would strike, little Ethan started developing a cough! He was up every hour in all the three nights that we were there. It was exhausting for Steve and I, so most of the…
Emily Bobseine, M.A. CCC-SLP or as we simply call her, Emily, is Ethan’s Speech and Language therapist at Kids in Motion, a pediatric therapy clinic in Torrance, CA where he also receives occupational and physical therapy. Emily makes Ethan’s therapy sessions always fun and engaging, and Ethan is always running to her room even when it’s not speech day! Since starting speech at Kids in Motion, along with the Leaps and Bounds program at Pediatric Therapy Network, Ethan has grown leaps and bounds! He has said, “Go!” to complete “Ready, Set, Go!” “I got it!” and started to attempt words present in his favorite nursery rhymes. He has also been…
I had been waiting for this day for exactly four weeks. In Ethan's psychological evaluation, the doctor had said he met the criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder. We weren't exactly sure what the level of severity was, but he knew he was most impacted in the area of social communication.
Kathie M. Sarles, M. Ed is an Early Childhood Specialist and Advanced Transdisciplinary Infant/Family Mental Health Practitioner at the Harbor Regional center.
Poetry break! A poem inspired by my son's Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
As I begin my journey as a parent of a newly diagnosed child with ASD, I delve into the many resources available about autism and its facets. Right now I am reading: Early Intervention and Autism is by James Ball, ED.D., BCBA
It has been barely a week since we got the confirmation that my son Ethan falls within the autism spectrum. Some moments, I'm super positive; but sometimes I also feel discouraged and overwhelmed.
Just sharing a video of one of Ethan's feeding therapy sessions. We started the feeding therapy a month ago, and he's already made a lot of progress!
Ethan's Valentine's Day artwork at his early intervention preschool.
Ethan ate a Ritz cracker! Woohoo!