Thursday, July 8, 2010

Where to start?

It has been 3 years since we started this little adventure. Three years since Isaac was officially diagnosed with ASD, and two years since Olivia was labeled the same. Three years of our family feeling a little off center, a little less then typical.

It is a story I hear all of the time from so many parents in the same little rudderless boat as we. It isn't the H.M.S. Titanic, we aren't exactly going down in the icy waters of disability, but all of this paddling is pretty exhausting. That's how ASD gets ya, especially if it is High Functioning or Aspergers - there is this chance that all will be ok if you just get enough of or get the right kind of therapy.

But which ones? Is there anything out there new or different? What have others experienced, who do they go to and how often? Where do their kids attend school, speech, OT? How has that worked out? What would they recommend as kids flow through the system? How was the first grade, second, high school? How is it to be not so typical in Portland?

So I am getting started on telling our own adventures, and sharing it with anyone who cares to look (or no-one - this is a cheaper option then therapy). And hoping that overtime, other families living with Autism in Portland want to jump in with their own experiences.

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