My 3 year old son has autism. He is a wonderful little boy. He is very smart, playful, and so sweet. We love him so much. He is also our baby.
We worked with a program locally for about 6 months to get him into school. They provide a variety of therapies and work to help them. I really wanted him in a good program because I felt I was out of steam. I had spent 3 years working with him and teaching him that I was mentally and emotionally exhausted. I was ready to pass the torch to those more experienced with kids his age.
After a ton of testing and writing up a plan, he was accepted into the program. The program only in the morning, but it is a fantastic program. I was also on the hunt for a good child care provider for him for after his preschool. That was hard.
I had previously had some very bad experiences with childcare providers both in home and in a center. I was full of anxiety that for a while I didn’t think I would be able to place him in any type of child care setting. Until we met the most wonderful woman in the world!
I had interviewed several places and didn’t feel like I clicked well with them. I was very nervous about finding a good, quality child care setting for him. She was amazing from the first time I talked to her. I explained about his autism and she wasn’t scared or intimidated at all. She really wanted to meet my incredible little guy.
We set up a meeting. She has a licenced in-home center. It is set up beautifully. It is organized and full of wonderful and educational toys. It seemed like a perfect fit. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt a connection. It was cool.
We sat down for quite some time and talked to her about all his challenges as well as ours, and she was not scared one bit. She expressed concern over him possibly hurting other children in her care but once we went over the details (him not being violent or aggressive) she was more than happy to welcome him into her home
This was amazing. She is a very kind and loving woman. She is affectionate with all of the kids but very strict. She makes him follow the rules, but loves him to pieces. He is so happy with her. He is excited every day when I pick him up, and he tells me about his day as best he can with his very limited vocabulary.
I think the biggest sign of how a provider is doing is in the actions of my child. He is happy to be there, loves his little friends, and he loves her. It warms my heart to know he is safe with her and he is thriving.
He is growing, learning, and advancing. He may still be just over a year behind, but the important thing is – he is thriving!
It is an expensive investment, but a good one. We pay a lot for her, but in my opinion you get what you pay for. I don’t mind paying a little extra for the wonderful care she provides our son. She is an angel.
I feel blessed to have a new job and a safe place for my little one to go. I hope he continue to grow, learn, and blossom as he has and I sure do hope we never lose the wonderful provider we have found. She knows my little guy is special and she loves everything about him. That means a lot to us.
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Last reviewed: 31 Jan 2013