We Can Help Meet the Need

I checked the voice mail this morning a mother with twin autistic boys 4 1/2 years old, had come across our website and left four messages from 7:00PM last night to 9:00AM this morning.  This mother of five from Bronx, New York wanted to know if our services were in her community, currently her children attend a program a few hours a day, however she requires extended care.  In addition, there are limited services in the Bronx, so she has to take the train to Manhattan to receive any substantial support.  As I conversed for over twenty minutes, this mother explained  the litany of challenges she and her husband are faced with, particularly with her twins being non-verbal and not potty trained.

Unfortunately, her family is not receiving the adequate care for her children to appropriately develop. I felt her pain, yet I lacked a ready solution, we are opening in Pennsylvania, not  the Bronx and can she afford to wait for a blended program model to meet her current needs.  Nonetheless, as one not willing to throw in the towel, I started a mailing list, she’s the only one on it…LOL.  Her twins broke her laptop and the library is very far from her house, thus she can’t check email, so our program will send her behavior modification schedules with rewards and activity schedule (how-to-guide) to help her reinforce potty training and reduce some of the behavior challenges.

The next step is, who wants to join me, as we empower others, we empower ourselves and she needs community support. So if you have any tips, tricks or tools that may assist please share.  Also, she may be from India, therefore if you have some culturally relevant ideas that could assist, it would be great.

Yours Truly,

Venus A. David, M.Ed.

3 Comments to “We Can Help Meet the Need”

  1. Your loving and caring approach toward the autistic community is to be celebrated. Especially when the needs are so monumental. Keep caring and keep sharing. I believe the Lord will truly bless you in all your endeavors.

  2. Advice: 1. Put away anything valuable, breakable, and sentimental. Even w/o autism, children often innocently break and destroy things. They do not understand the value of objects and these items often become a control battle. Control battles are often negative and foster resentment on both sides.

    2. Check out RDI and The Autism Treatment Center of America. Both are home based, parent led therapies. She doesn’t have to committ to doing the therapies but their tips are well worth it.

    3. Remember her children are doing the best they can AND she is doing the best she can.

    4. Practice love and accepetance of her children and herself.

  3. I would love to help! I do not live in the Bronx anymore, but I travel up there often and usually spend my summers there. I would love to help this mother in anyway that I can, whether it be teaching some ABA stragies or assisting with a visit to the park.

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