Just after reading a post on another thread by LGS, where she mentioned doing a Hanen course, and having home visits from a SALT, I wonder why the Hanen course I'm attending ISN'T run by a SALT. (it's run by a child psych and a lady who has lots (i.e. decades) of experience working with kids with SN )
The one I'm doing is "You make the difference" btw/
I haven't sat though it myself but among salts like me who work with kids with severe ASD there is a sense of irritation in that it often leads parents of kids like this to believe that if they only sit and try and get 'in tune' with their kid,all will be well.
That is misleading and damaging.
Great for other issues though like DS or general developmental delay.
I'm finding it helpful, in terms of helping me develop the non-verbal communication with S- waiting/turn taking - I can be a bit eager with bombarding language and repetition at him. And it gives me the illusion of having some sort of professional support . I'm sufficiently desperate that I'll probably do the Webster Stratton course, even though I realise it's not designed for parents of children ASD/speech disorder etc. DS referred in March, allegedly due for a joint clinic appointment in Jan/Feb (but no appointments issued until the month before [angry}). And SALTs are instrumental in referrals to ICAN nursery and language units.
DS is sufficiently responsive for the tuning in thing not to be a massive issue (though he does have attention/concentration etc problems). But I could imagine that the suggestions for getting involved with children with severe ASD are a bit lightweight, it seems to take more of a floortime approach than an structured ABA approach. (that was my impression from my reading about the ASD specific course, More than Words, on the Hanen website).
You see what I am driving at.
Sounds like you are getting something useful at it though asnd in my professional experience,parents who demonstrate that they are eager and committed in this fashion are listened to more carefully.
Oh,I have sat in meetings where an ed psych has greeted a child warmly,assuming it is the child we are meeting to discuss with parents only to be told by the mother' It isn't X, it's his brother.'
I caN'T THINK OF ONE eD pSYCH WHO REALLY KNOWS A CHILD WELL ENOUGH TO COMMENT CONFIDently on them.They have however perfected the art of sitting in a lot of meetings and nodding in what they imagine is an intelligent and informed fashion.
As I have said many times, trust no one 100%, including salts.
mts ~ well I walked out of mine and so many other people I know with similaer probs did the same. If your child is not "nt" as such then it's no good. I was told that by someone that runs it by the way!
Also just to cheer you up and give you some hope. I know dd has an asd but when she was same age as your ds she had language age of 11 months old and was in bottom 3% for her language skills. At nearly 8 she is now in the top 15-5% for her language now and has been discharged from SALT but will be receiving social skills by SALT still
Not boasting honest just wanted to share with you things can change (if you were on msn I would have told you on that!)
great to hear how well your DD has come on. It's so nice to hear positive stories like that.Hope that you find a high school for her that suits you both. As I have said before on MSN, I think a mixed school would suit her better than a single sex one.
Thanks for your views on the Webster-Stratton Moondog