Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Update on Kyle

Kyle has been doing fantastic lately! He is really enjoying talking and tries his best to say anything. Yesterday, his therapist at the Dev. Center said he repeated over 30 words for her!! Some were well pronounced, most were not. But still- he's trying hard!! Jana and I are so proud of him...He's made this incredible improvement over the last week. Just two or three weeks ago he was tantruming whenever we wanted him to say "swing" before going.

Some things he's been saying:

Me go
Cocoa (for choc. milk)
Me Cocoa
All Done
Hello Hello
Vroom Vroom
Choo Choo
Hot Dog
Ready, Set, Go
"Hi Ho Sliver, Away!" (His favorite Veggie Tales movie line)
Mama (the most important one)

Way to go Kyle!! Thank you Jesus

This Girl Is Cute

I just had to upload this just in case you haven't seen it yet...makes me want a daughter!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Autistic Man Singing National Anthem at Fenway Park

You'll have mixed emotions with this one: you'll laugh...but at the same time, you'll be proud of this guy and the crowd for supporting him! He did a great job..

Sunday, September 9, 2007

More Info

Funding for treatment in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin currently offers funding for in home autism treatment through a waiver system. Children under the age of eight with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder who demonstrate a medical need may be eligible to receive up to three years of funding for intensive autism treatment. Children older than eight may be eligible for reduced funding for a variety of services.

The waiver is offered state-wide and is administered by individual counties. County case managers work directly with families to complete the waiver application process. Some counties have chosen not to administer the waiver, and in these counties, the state has contracted with private agencies to assist families interested in securing funding.

Sometimes the Grass is Greener on the Other Side

Wisconsin services
Wisconsin Early Autism Project offers services to Wisconsin children through one of five clinics located in Madison, Brookfield (Milwaukee area), De Pere (Green Bay area), Onalaska (La Crosse area), and Eau Claire.

Children are eligible for our program if they are under the age of eight and have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children without formal medical diagnosis may receive a diagnosis from our licensed Clinical Psychologists. All children must have an Initial Screening by one of our psychologists to ensure that our program is clinically appropriate for their needs.

All children in our program receive individualized treatment in their homes to meet their needs under the supervision of experienced clinical staff, including a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor and Senior Therapist. This team of professionals trains the family and therapy team to implement curriculum using behavioral interventions which form the basis of Lovaas' approach: the use of discrete trials, positive reinforcement, extinction, prompting, shaping and programming for generalization. In addition, a variety of other treatment approaches and strategies may be used to teach specific skills when appropriate for individual children.

Children receiving our intensive services in the state of Wisconsin are able to receive up to 35 hours per week of treatment using funds from a children's waiver program that is administered by most counties on behalf of the state. Children in counties not participating in the waiver receive case management by a subcontracted private agency. These 35 hours include face-to-face treatment hours, a team meeting, supervision, and associated travel. In addition, each child sees a Clinical Psychologist on a regular basis to ensure program efficacy. Our Service Coordinators work closely with our clinical staff, county case managers and state personnel to ensure that each child receives therapy according to his or her own individual needs.

While we recognize the need to contain costs, we continue to be committed to providing therapy programs that are proven through scientific research to be the most effective treatment available today for children with autism. All children in our program get the most therapy they possibly can up to the limit of their state funding. In some cases, families choose to purchase additional hours of therapy in order to more closely match the model proven by research to be most effective. Purchasing additional hours is strictly optional and is not requirement for participation in our program.

It is important to remember that the window of opportunity for children to make significant outcome changes is limited. Each child gets on chance to change, grow and learn. The most critical choice that families will make in pursuing treatment is choosing a program with the expertise and staff to take their children to the best outcome they can achieve. These years cannot be recaptured. We remain committed to providing the highest quality therapy driven by scientific research that is currently available anywhere in the world, and will do our best to ensure that every child makes the best possible outcome.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

In the News

Autistic children are immune to contagious yawns: The BPS Research Digest reports that children with autism are seemingly 'immune' to contagious yawning - perhaps as a result of their reduced social awareness.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Little Piece of Cute

You Can Have ALL The Cookies!

Today, Kyle started to say the word, "Come." When pulling on my hand, he actually repeated "Ka" after I prompted him with "Come." He did it when he wanted to go to the swing, and he did it when he wanted another Oreo. After already giving him a cookie, I said "Mmmore" when we approached the blue bag of goodness. He stared down that pretty little package and said "mmmow." So I gave him the cookie....all the darn cookies! He repeated that process a couple times. I was excited!

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

~Kyle's Daddy.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

He Talked!!

Okay, well maybe he didn't recite the Pledge of Allegiance, but I've been working on this one for three weeks! :
I've been trying to get Kyle to say "Go" when I find a motivating activity which is appropriate to the command, such as swinging. Apparently swinging, what I thought was his favorite thing to do, wasn't good enough to do the trick. I tried everything: using one of his favorite movie character's voice (Boz the big green Bear: yes, people would pay money to hear me talking like a big dumb bear), I tried not letting him swing unless he said it (that wasn't any fun Dad), I tried prompting him by pushing him once and requiring him to say it. NOTHING! Nothing worked...and I knew he could say "Go!"     
One thing he does like to do is watch me mow the lawn. This evening, he was following me around the yard with interest and enthusiasm. He seemed to get extra excited when I was about to start the mower. So I said "Here we......(and paused)" He know's that a prompt for, and he said, "GO!" I was so excited I probably looked like a crazy man dancing up and down, but WHO CARES!!! :) He was proud of himself. He said it everytime I was about to start the mower. Yey for Kyle! He also said "byebye" and "gbye" when I left to take the grass to the backyard.
Another Victory!
Kyle's Daddy.