Resources for Familes with children with Autism In Chester
By: Jamie Gosselin
This website is a site that give a parent, teacher, or child with autism any resource or help they need. It has information on what to to do if you have concerns your child has autism, and the steps to take. It has a parents guide resource. It has transition tool tool kits, hair cut tool kits and more. This resource helps families from birth to adult children with autism. This its the IDEA of parent and student participation, the parents can see what they want their child to do/ what their child should be doing from this website and make it fit into their child's IEP.
This website connects families who have a child with autism together in the Delaware county, Montgomery county, bucks county and Chester county. This is a community that brings all families together to make their child with autism to feel incorporated into their community, as an active member in the community, their school, and research related to autism. This is an awesome resource because it brings families who are going through the same experience together, and making their child feel like every other child in the community. This hits the core principles in IDEA of Zero Reject, and Least Restrictive Environment. Its having the children with autism be included with other children, included in their education, and gives the children with autism all awareness of what is happening.
This Website called Dentably will help families who have a child with autism a dentist that is qualified with dealing with children with disability. You just go onto the website and follow the steps and it will help you find a dentist that is near you that will be able to help a child with autism. This resource is very important because dental health is extremly important and taking a child with autism out of their comfort zone is very hard. So having a dentist who knows what to do, will make the whole process much easier. This its the IDEA topic of Procedural Safeguard because anything that the child will need must be run by the parents before doing the tests or whatever is needed during the visit.
The YMCA is a great program to enroll a child with autism into their summer camp. They have a group called Dragonfly Day Camp, and this is the group children with disabilities are placed into and children with Autism. The camp goes on the same trips as the other groups, and do the same activities just with accommodations. There are YMCA's in Philadelphia and in Ridley which is right around the corner from Chester. This program fits into the IDEA principles of Least Restrictive Environment because the children are all together during field trips and doing activities until they need to be separated. It also hits the principle of Free Appropriate Public Education and Zero Reject, because they can not be denied special education services for their child.
Autism Summer Camp
This website gives parents the information on schools in Chester Pa that have resources for children with Autism. It also talks about what therapy they will be receiving/they should receive. This website also connects to the website Autism Speaks which is stated in the First resource slide. This website is great because it can take you to other sites as well as give you the information you need for families who are living in Chester. This connects to Zero Reject and Free Appropriate Public Education. This is because it is helping you find the right school for your child and making sure they will have all the resources and therapy that they need and are suppose to be receiving.
The Website Autism Speaks is an excellent site for Adults with Autism. It helps find jobs for adults with autism as well as housing. This is an excellent tool to use and have because these are very hard topics that adults with autism will face. They will need to find a job that they can handle and will pay them, as well as housing whether it's a group home or not. This falls under Least Restrictive Environment because the adult with autism will be working in the public with regular adults and seeing regular customers. It also falls under procedural safeguard because the family is entitled to knowing what laws and rights their child has when it comes to working and living on their own.
Finding a good psychologist to give you the answers of weather or not your child has autism is very important. This website called find a psychologist is a great tool when it comes to needing to take that step to see if your child has autism. This site also gives you information on if your child has autism health care topics and issues you might come across. This hits the IDEA principle nondiscriminatory evaluation. The psychologist knows nothing about your child or your family, so they will not make a decision based on being bias to your family. This is something you need when going through the process. Someone who is willing to tell you the answers you need whether there good or bad.