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What are the best school districts/schools in the Los Angeles Area?

What are the best school districts/schools in the Los Angeles Area?

To preface, my ds is high-functioning and currently in a mainstream charter. He is receiving speech therapy 3x week at school. Would love to hear any school and/or districts that you have personal experience with that have provided support for your child on the spectrum in Los Angeles County (around Cerritos, Cypress, Long Beach vicinity).

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Georgia Alternative Testing (GAA)

Georgia Alternative Testing (GAA)

My son will be going into 3rd grade next year and just want some thoughts on Alternative testing(GAA) in GA. The GA milestone testing would be extremely overwhelming and I know this is another option. Has any one chosen this for their child?

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Thank you Tia! This does help and I will definitely will do a little more research on it!

posted 3 days ago
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Has anyone done a Due Process on their own without a lawyer or Mediation?

Has anyone done a Due Process on their own without a lawyer or Mediation?

We are looking into doing a Due Process after paying a lawyer for nearly two years $6,000 only to have her just release us withoiut doing any work not even contact a district that denied our daughter in 12th grade FAPE. We have evidence of at least 10 IDEA violations and about the same amount in state education laws. Too late for a citizen complaint and the district has ignored us for these past two years. Doing some research and looking… read more

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Yes. It's called being a 'Pro-Per', Representing One's Self.
Bring an 'Advocate' with you to Court.
They are typically a Free Service.
Take all of your… read more

posted 4 days ago
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My little guy is in a phase where when he doesn't get to do what he wants, everything is NO!!!

My little guy is in a phase where when he doesn't get to do what he wants, everything is NO!!!

I am at my wits end. My little boy has recently started to resist doing anything that he does not want to do. If he does not want to get dressed he will scream NO. If he does not want to leave for school he will scream NO. And when it's something he HAS to do he will throw himself to the floor and scream NO. I try ignoring and he will throw things, kick wall and do everything to get my attention. If I say first do.....,… read more

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Yes you could assert your rights as a parent, However I never made E cry over a task. She is well adjusted without all the fuss of WHO IS THE BOSS??… read more

posted 4 days ago
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Looking to homeschool for 5th grade next year. What are my child’s right? Need recommendations.

Looking to homeschool for 5th grade next year. What are my child’s right? Need recommendations.

I am looking to homeschool for 5th grade starting next year. Leaving public school where child has had IEP (California) and ARD (Texas) since kinder. Im primarily concerned with : 1. Are there accommodations? And 2. What curriculums are available? I have looked up numerous companies, but it’s very confusing to me. Also, we have our own religious beliefs and I don’t want a religious curriculum. I am looking for a strictly… read more

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I’m not sure for your state but i would for sure connect your state homeschool organization for help. As for curriculum or ideas, our daughter’s tutor… read more

posted 4 days ago
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What are your experiences with private autism schools?

What are your experiences with private autism schools?

Hello all,

My son David is a 6 years old very smart boy, he has moderate ASD, we live in Michigan and he goes to ASD class at public school, I was looking for a better school system for him and came across private autism schools in a different states because we do not have such a school in Michigan. Those schools offer small size programs with special education teacher and an ABA therapist in the class to help those kids.

I was wondering if any of you have… read more

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I found this while I was searching, and I think it is a great summary.

Private Schools Specializing in Autism
More and more private schools are opening… read more

posted 5 days ago
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Anyone have experience or insights w montessori?

Anyone have experience or insights w montessori?

We want to try homeschooling this fall, and are very open to the idea of creating a flex program w a local school or class-based group. We just read about a new montessori that opened up nearby. Does anyone have experience with their ASD kiddos and montessori? I love the idea that it’s child led, but is it a good fit for kiddos on the spectrum? I don’t know much about montessori programming, so I am sure my question is as vague as asking what it’s like to have a… read more

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Shaunessy Trujillo can you tell me more about the unschooling homeschooling. We want to homeschool our 5th grade next year. Thanks.

posted 5 days ago
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Has anyone found anything helpful to stop skin picking?

Has anyone found anything helpful to stop skin picking?

My 7 year old son has been making sores and picking to point of infection. I have tried to keep them covered but he just takes it off. Anything that you have found to help would be greatly appreciated.

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son takes off bandaids too. I use calendula ointment on my son's sores. If it gets really bad, then neosporin with pain relief.

posted 5 days ago
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Sleep

Sleep

anyone have any suggestions for helping autistic kids sleep all night? My daughter's Dr. suggested to giver her 1/2 tablet clonidine as well as 5mg of zarbee's melatonin. She sleeps pretty much all night except for the fact that during the middle of the night she gets up and gets in my bed. Any suggestions on how i can get her to sleep in her bed all night? Any suggestions for medications for mood swings; she is taking 1/2 tablet of risperdone; but isn't working; open for any suggestions

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A MyAutismTeam Member said:

We just started trazadone (25mg) along with melatonin and have seen a big improvement.

posted 7 days ago
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