How to find good help.

October 5, 2009 at 1:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One of my friends recently suggested that I write about finding good help. I’m not going to talk about agency people, because I have a feeling there are many differences depending on the state, population stats, etc. But I do have some ideas about finding good college students to help carry the therapy load. I recommend posting flyers at your local university or community college, especially in the following areas of study: education, special education, early childhood development, psychology, social work, and speech, occupational, and physical therapy departments. Of course, one of our best college students was enrolled in the college of agriculture, so there is no express need to limit your options. These autism-related areas of study are likely to offer a higher response rate. I would give all interested applicants ample time to be trained by you or professionals on your team. Have them observe what you do to make sure they feel they can handle it. Autism therapy is not for the faint of heart. Not everyone is up to the challenge. Also, have them read some material about autism in general, and your child’s case specifically…not only present levels…but programatic goals, objectives and strategies. The better prepared the college students are to perform the therapy, the less turn-over you’re likely to experience. And this will be better for everyone…the student, your household, and your child.

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