Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Does this sound familiar?
I’m writing this at the suggestion of a dear friend who has a teen with autism . Do you remember the days of pickup at preschool? You wanted to be invisible, dreading the sorrowful look of the preschool teacher as she describes yet another day of “ Johnny” .. “ Johnny “ struggles to sit during circle , he knocks down other kids towers during free play. “ Johnny “ ducks out of line and gallops down the hall at full Speed ,he crashes into friends to interact .
Yes .. the dreaded pickup .. what do I do ? Who should I talk to ? My pediatrician says “ Oh they are fine ...”. Good grief we have all been there (one of mine was a biter.. So there are places to turn , like most of us resources are limited , you need the most bang for your buck.
What do I do?
If your child is under the age of 3, you can contact an agency such as Babies Cant Wait in Ga. You can do a google search for government Early Intervention for your state or go through the Pediatrician who said all was okay and ask who you can call for a free evaluation.
If your child is age 3, it is the school districts responsibility to service the child. Yes, three is school age in terms of Early Intervention. Contact your local elementary school and ask who the Preschool Special Education coordinator and tell them you want to request an evaluation . Put everything in writing!
Please ask questions specific to your situation via email , during the live chat . We created this site to help families like yours in a cost effective manner .
Remember we are in this together.
Jen Zimmerman M.Ed