My daughter is 27 months and has just started with our state's Early Intervention program. Because she is very high functioning, they only recommended that she see an developmental interventionist for one hour once a week. I'm not sure that this is doing enough to help her improve her social skills and decrease her intense fear of and reaction to new places, so I'm looking for something with solid scientific proof that my husband and I can… read more
i live in Colorado, my son wasn't diagnosed until 12 so I don't know much about the program.. that being said.. i remember my son at that age being hyper sensitive with exhibits of high anxiety to anything, elevators, escaltors, germs you name it it scared him... what i learned through experience is do a less preferred activity followed by a preferred activity... keep exposures short but always follow with something preferred.. secondly if you think that the amount of time isn't enough.. talk with your providor and and see if it could be broken up into smaller units ... outside of that ...I have read that up to age nine is the optimum time to help a child with issues... using various techniques... hope this helps..
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depending how long she has been in school they go through adjusting period. You have to stay intuned to what the school is doing and how they are addressing her specific needs, so you can do the same at home. wording and maners are helpful to her to adjust faster. Keep in communication with the teachers, do you have a communication notebook that you keep in touch with the teacher? Let them know you'd like to know what they are working on and how? Ask to go observe, so you get a better preception of the school day.
May I suggest that you read about the late Dr.Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and explore the scientific research based method called Floor Time? Stanley was my teacher and my dear friend. He received the highest peer review award for doctors!( It was pronounced "So Journey" Award) Happy reading.....! :) Dr. S.
In NYS Early Intervention Program, parents can appeal how much services their child receives. In NY w/ a diagnosis, parents can request up to 20 hours of ABA, but may be given only one hour at the start like your child (and not necessarily informed of the potential for a lot more). Maybe there is provision for this in your state. What state are you in?