Autism is usually referred to as occurring on a “spectrum.” Students falling on this spectrum are often characterized by varying degrees of social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted repetitive patterns of behavior. It has been estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism.

Autism spectrum disorders include: PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.
Children with Autism often have amazing strengths and abilities. A few examples: photographic memory, attention to detail, music ability, artistry.

Students on the Autism spectrum may need assistive devices, specialized instruction and school-based services such as Speech, Adaptive Physical Education and Occupational Therapy in order to reach their educational goals.

If you suspect your child has Autism, contact Julie. She can help you request testing and seek eligibility for special education services in the school system.

As a Special Education Advocate, Julie can also help you identify the services to request in your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 and write specific learning goals, tailored to address your student’s special needs.