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Posted by on Mar. 4, 2007 at 2:25 AM
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Hi all,
Welcome, please take a minute to introduce yourself. Please include your roll in the field of autism. Do you have a child with autism? Do you have a family member with autism? Are you a professional in the field?
Thank you,
by on Mar. 4, 2007 at 2:25 AM
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by Group Owner on Mar. 4, 2007 at 2:30 AM

Hello my name is Cari,

I am a developmental specialist in the field of developmental delays. I also have a cousin with autism. I have been working in the field for 10+ years. Over the years I have become increasingly interested in specifically social skills and social communication. I obtained my masters in human behavior, my certification in bahavior analysis, extensive PRT (play/behavior methodology) training from the creators as well as Floortime training (play/social emotional based methodology). I love what I do and have grown very close to the families I work with. I continue to try and keep in touch with the community any way I can. I am a life long learner and enjoy helping others.

Cari Miller




by on Mar. 4, 2007 at 3:14 PM
Hi, my name is Pamela and I have a 4yr old little "man" named MatthewBruce, who is high functioning autistic, is Hyperlexic, and has been reading since he was 22 mos old. He has a few fears such as ceiling fans, balloons, anything that swings or comes in his direction and certain sounds which I am dealing with but they do get in the way of his normal living especially the ceiling fans. I  have no idea how to help him with the ceiling fans and it is especially hard on him because we live in Florida. The thing that perplexes me the most is that he will ask to go into the ceiling fan department at let's say Home Depot but then utterly freak out if I turn on the ceiling fan in the living room. Do you have any ideas on this because I really don't know what to do? Also in the area of socialization, he will parallel play with kids especially if there are more than 2 kids in the room. If it's one-on-one, he does ok but will slowly retreat and go play by himself.
by on Mar. 6, 2007 at 4:33 PM
I am replying regarding the ceiling fans, Does it just seem to be your ceiling fan that your son doesn't like, I wonder if there is a noise coming from it that you or I would not realize, but he hears it.  I think it is really hard for my son, who is 11 to realize the reason he doesn't like a certain situation may be some type of sensory stimulation that could even be int he background.   My son doesn't like to have windshield wipers on in the car. 
by on Mar. 11, 2007 at 7:30 PM
Hi!  I am a mom of a 5-1/2 year old high functioning autistic son.  He was recently diagnosed last Sept.  He is in ECSE in our school district.  We are now planning for kindergarten.  I am struggling with our decision because our other son attends a private Catholic school in our city.  I really want them to be in the same school but the kindergarten teacher is new and has no experience with special needs.  She doesn't get a glowing report from other moms.  Any advice? 
And, Paul has been having social frustrations and I don't know where to start with him to help him.  I'm overwhelmed with researching on the web.  I'm really frustrated with what to do and where to start. 
Ok, that's enough for now.  I could go on forever!  Thanks
by on Apr. 15, 2007 at 6:33 PM

I am Carla,


I have a 6 years old son with High Functioning Autism. He has been mainstreamed in kindergarten and apparently he is doing fine. I have several fears about his future and one of them is his social skills, especially because I really do not know what is coming. I am sure there are many mothers that could share their children's experiences to help other prevent them.


Please, I want to learn about the future social skills difficulties that might come up in my son’s life. I have no fear of knowledge, I want to prepare my self appropriately to prevent them and support my son effectively.


Please share…

by on Jul. 7, 2007 at 11:21 AM
My name is Teresa and my 13 year old son has just been diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder.  It took his 6th grade teacher's is almost like he is Autistic....for my husband and I to realize that we needed to seek further help.  His condition has gotten worse the older he gets.  He has serious Social Issues, gets very frustrated to the point he has temper tantrums.  He doesn't take a joke well.  This is just a few of the many behavior problems he displays.  I'm hoping to find a social behavior therapy group for him to attend on a weekly basis.  Does anyone know of a group here in San Diego?
by on Jul. 16, 2007 at 12:35 AM
Hi!  I'm Marisa and am very new to Mom cafe.  My youngest son, is 3 and has a dx of PDD-NOS.  He has been involved in early intervention in our community since15 mos.  He was completely non verbal until about age 2.  Luckily he enjoys other children very much and has come out of parallel play quite a bit in the last several months.  I'm looking forward to learning and sharing stories in this forum.  Thanks.
by on Oct. 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM

My daughter has not been diagnosed with autism but seems to have alot of the same traits as a child with asbergers.  We are strugglilng with social issues at school right now.  I have looked into different camps for her but without an autism diagnosis insurance does not cover it and it can be extremely pricey.  I am very lost on what to do for her.  She is eight and has been diagnosed with adhd, anxiety and mood instability.  She is very smart and does will in the academic part of school but all other parts of school seem to be awful for her.  She hates recess, working with other kids, has a hard time making friends.  I am trying to be an active mom in getting her what she needs but i feel very lost....would love some advice.

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