Many questions arise when a family receives a diagnosis of Autism or a referral to receive ABA services. How do I find an ABA therapy provider and program? Who’s going to work with my child? What are my expectations? Am I going to be involved in this program? What is my child going to work on? We want to help you with what questions are good to ask and in general what a good answer to those would be when looking for an ABA provider.
Thinking about the future for your child with a disability can be difficult especially when there is so much time and effort going into what needs to happen today or in the short term. Where to start with this process can be daunting.
Despite this, it is important to ensure that you start to plan for your child’s future as soon as possible. This will ensure that things like guardianship for children with autism are done in a timely manner as well as allow for more financial stability and protection of your child’s access to government assistance in the future.
Hegwood Law Group specializes in estate planning, guardianship, and special needs trusts.
We had the pleasure of being able to ask Kim Hegwood of Hegwood Law Group some questions regarding attaining guardianship and special needs trusts. Kim also has a child with a disability and has personally gone through the process of obtaining guardianship and planning for the future for her child.
Q&A with Kim Hegwood from Hegwood Law Group
Children with autism are unique, amazing individuals. ABA is a scientific, evidence-based therapy that gives families the tools they need to support their child with ASD. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons and ways a child with autism benefits from ABA therapy.
Reason #1: ABA therapy ranks the highest out of all documented interventions and treatments and has the most scientific evidence benefiting those with ASD.
Parents, please find comfort in knowing that research backs up the claim that ABA “works”!
Research tells us that if started early, intensive, high quality, evidence-based support like ABA, 40-50 percent of children diagnosed with ASD can function and benefit from typical general education classrooms. However, not only can ABA work to compensate for struggles relating to accessing academics but for other areas as well. Read more
Daily, independent living skills or self-care skills are those skills that people use every day to maintain their appearance, health, and hygiene. These small tasks include brushing teeth, showering, chores, and getting dressed. These are arguably some of the most important skills in a person’s repertoire. These skills provide a person with the autonomy to live on their own or with minimal support.
Many of our learners with autism may need extra support to learn these important skills. For some families, caregivers have to complete these tasks for their child, adding to additional stress on the family. By their children with autism learning these skills, stress can be reduced for the caregivers. Read more
It seems as if many kids with autism seem to struggle to thrive in school when placed in mainstream classes. Even if they are provided 1:1 attention and tutoring, they still seem to fall behind from the rest of their neurotypical peers.
Social Skills – This one item should be on the to-do list of any parent who has a child with Autism
Having a child with autism can add a lot to a parent’s list. We know all parents want to do the best they can for their kiddos, and the list of things is seemingly endless. We are also sensitive to the fact that the ‘list’ for families with kiddos on the Autism spectrum, or special abilities/needs, can be twice as endless. From doctor’s appointments, speech, occupational therapy, and nutrition to just typical needs like a haircut. Read more