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Posted by Lynda on November 30, 2000 at 00:29:33:

In Reply to: temporary placement for autistic children. posted by Cindi Agee on November 29, 2000 at 22:29:54:

: Hi,
: My name is Cind and I am trying to locate a facility for my sister who has a 4 year old son with Autism. We live in North Carolina. My sister, Carmen, has heard of a facility that will house and assess the child for one month to determine specific behavioral patterns,ect. We can not remember the name of the facility. It is something like "Adams Cottage". If anyone knows of any type of short term facility located anywhere in North Carolina, please e-mail me at cindiagee123@yahoo.com. Tyler, the child, is 4 yrs. old, and is not potty trained. He plays in his bowel movements and will eat it if he is not constantly watched. Carmen also has a 14 month old daughter and limited income. We have prayed unceasingly for answers. Tyler is precious, loving and gentle. Please!!! Help us help this precious little boy!
: Thank you in advance for your help.
: Love in Christ,
: Cindi Agee, Carmen and Tyler Halloran
:
Cindi,

Have you looked into the gluten/casein free diet and the DAN protocol. Also, at age four, your nephew is eligible for early intervention programs. I would look into these areas before placing him in an institution. My son (5yo) has been in an intense home-based treatment program since he was 31/2. He has also had dietary, supplementary and medical intervention. We are slowly but surely getting our little boy back from the abyss of autism. Please check into your early intervention programs. Right now my son has a personal therapist (aid) 35-38 hours a week.
Plus, 3 hours of speech therapy a week, 1 hour of OT a week and a special ed. instructor 10 hours a week. Plus a social worker, behavioral specialist, autistic support, assistive technology and the love of his family. And more.
It has been a rough road, but well worth it when I hear my son sing the ABC song or Twinkle Twinkle
Little Star! Yes, his articulation needs work, but at age 31/2, I thought my son would never talk. And now at age 5 I hear his little voice through out the day!
Early intervention programs are at no cost to your sister. And her son is eligible for medical assistance and disability. These programs and others can help a great deal. Especially if you have a program in your state that can get your nephew a full time aid that can deal with behavioral issues like the ones you mentioned. In PA, this type of program is refered to as WRAP around. Best wishes.
Lynda



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