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.
Venus A. David, M.Ed.