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  1. Hi Mel, Sorry to hear you are having troubles with the TA. I myself am a part time TA and a RDI Program Consultant. If you are worried about 'rocking the boat', why dont you suggest that you have a meeting with your SENCO and TA to create a document that states the agreed way upon which to work with your child. It would also be an opportunity for you to express (in a non argumentative way) your childs personality and emotional states and how best works to deal with them (that way you could get to say how he has low self esteem etc). Elisa Think Autism
  2. Thank you for your advice, having looked around there are some areas of London that do not have parent support groups up and running and I would like to fill the gap in these areas. I already do offer input (free) for existing parent support groups and would also like to run my own.
  3. Yes I am intending on having different local groups around London for the reasons that you have said. The purpose of the group would be initially for parent support. But it will also be a place for parents to learn more about ASD and relevant matters and to exchange information with others. I am a professional in the autism field; I come from a behavioural background and am currently a Relationship Development Intervention® Program Consultant (in training). The group is open to all and in particular for those who might be interested in learning about the core deficits of autism and how to build better relationships. I am also hoping that once established we will have guest speakers on occassions.
  4. Hello all, I would like to set up a monthly parent support group for parents who have a child on the spectrum in various areas of London. If you are interested then please email me at info@thinkautism.co.uk and state where you are located. Thanks Elisa Al Malah BSc (Hons) RDI Program Consultant (in training) **** Edited in line with forum rules & guidelines.
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    ABA focuses on compliance and acquisition of skills. It is a compensation program as it doesnt work on the core deficits of autism. In my opinion it doesnt help a child learn how to think for themselves, live in a dynamic world or have a better quality of life. There are so many different 'types' of ABA out there; the old style Lovaas type is probably the most strict type out there. It all depends on what your looking for really. Elisa **** edited in line with forum rules and guidelines
  6. Hi It might be a little late now but... Yes RDI - I am a consultant in training (in the UK) and will be fully certified in April. So its taken a while but its here in the UK and available (and really not that expensive). You can visit my site to learn more **** Edited in line with forum rules and guidelines Elisa Al Malah RDI Program Consultant
  7. Putting a limit on when children have reached their deadline to achieve speech is a myth. Research shows that the brain is plastic, and always capable of learning new things and making new neuronal connections between synapses. This includes learning communication and language. Put your efforts into helping your child become an effective communicator and the speech may come. There is so much more to communication than just language and speech, most typical communication is 70% non verbal! There is more to it than hope, there's science! Elisa Al Malah RDI Program Consultant **** Edited in line with forum rules and guidelines
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