MISSOURI AUTISM NEWS
Autism Treatment Navigation 101 by Dr. Robert Jason Grant Ed.D, LPC, RPT-S When a parent learns that his/her child has been diagnosed with an autism disorder, the most common next step is beginning a treatment process. Parents quickly realize that their options are many; so many that the process often becomes confusing and frustrating. Many parents struggle with how to select a treatment approach that will best work for their child and their family. I have found three very useful questions for parents to consider when selecting a treatment approach:
1. What are the anticipated outcomes that align with a particular treatment, and are the outcomes in harmony with the needs of my child and our family?
2. What are the potential risks associated with the treatment, is there any risk to my child or family in participating in this treatment?
3. What are the most effective means of evaluating a particular treatment, how will I be able to evaluate and see that my child is improving? Some good starting points for “weaving” through various autism treatments exists. The National Autism Centerʼs National Standards Project (www.nationalautismcenter.org) describes several autism treatments. The Association for Science in Autism Treatment (www.asatonline.org) is another great resource that provides descriptions for several autism treatments. For more information, join me on February 11th when I present the free 2 hour presentation, “Navagating the Spectrum o f A u t i s m Tr e a t m e n t s , ” f o r T h e Southwest Autism Network of Missouri (SWAN). The presentation will be from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at The Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield MO.
SCAN of Lebanon launches ACAN chair program by Dayton Ault, staff writer Supporters of Children with Additional Needs (S.C.A.N.), has launched the “Additional Chairs for Additional Needs” program (ACAN) in Lebanon, MO, which they would like to see expanded throughout the state and beyond. Under the program, S.C.A.N. is encouraging eating establishments to make available, specialized portable highchairs / booster chairs with high-backed five-point harnesses to help secure children with special needs. “Children can be placed in the chair without the struggle of trying to get legs that donʼt bend and leg braces through the openings of traditional restaurant chairs,” says Terry Faust, organizer of the program. Surprisingly inexpensive, the chairs can be purchased for $52 each at local Walmart stores. “ADA says that restaurants need to make their place accessible to enter, but where do the children sit?” says Faust. Mike Yeah, the owner of Cornerstone Subs and Pizza, Lebanon, agrees. When asked why he supports ACAN, Yeah said, “Why wouldnʼt I? This is such a small thing to do for these kids.” From the perspective of a pragmatic business owner, he added, “It is also a liability thing. If a
family canʼt seat a child safely, the restaurant may be liable.” Businesses who participate in the program will be provided with a window decal to alert customers that they have these disability-specific chairs available. The Missouri Autism Report supports the statewide expansion of this worthwhile effort that we see having great value for the disability community. We applaud Faust for her effort and Yeah for being the first in the area to participate. We encourage other restaurants to follow suit and autism parents in the Lebanon area and in other areas of the state to contact Terry Faust of S.C.A.N. on Facebook or at (417)718-7081 firstname.lastname@example.org to help further this program.