I received a question to this blog today and thought it deserved it's own blog entry.
The comment speaks for itself. What it doesn't say is why this parent has not been informed by Health and Education 'professionals', or voluntary agencies that exist in Northern Ireland. How is it that a parent cannot know what intensive intervention is, much less how to get it in Northern Ireland?
"what is this one to one therapy that can help ur non verbal child speak again and does the nhs help with the cost, can someone send me a link so i can find out more about it and how much it costs. I just feel so lonely atm and tired im tryin everything i can think of and being strong for the rest of the family. I cant sleep - my mind never stops. I just want to wrap my daughter up and hide away from the world but i know i can't do that. I'm reading everything i can and working with her everday. I'm not working as I have to look after her. Im very intrested in this one 2 one treatment."
Department of Health ...
Department of Education....
National Autistic Society
and so on
What about all the thousands of parents out there in Northern Ireland who spend their time raising funds for charities? Can you spend a minute and help this fellow parent out? Can you tell this parent your experiences of how you accessed ABA/Intensive intervention for your child? How much it cost, where to get it, who to phone, how to apply for funding?
I suggest you go to your autism coordinator, there is one in each Trust and put your questions to them. Then, contact charities like Autism NI who purport to be THE Autism Charity in Northern Ireland and ask them for help in obtaining intensive 1:1 help for your child.
If and when you don't get that help, come back here and read the responses I and others provided in an earlier post here .
Read this document, print it and take it to your autism Co-ordinator. http://www.researchautism.net/publicfiles/research_report_001.pdf
I'm sorry to say though, that real intensive early intervention for children with autism is not available on the NHS or from the Department of Education. In Northern Ireland, you either pay for it yourself, or develop a program yourself with people like PEAT (Parent Educators as Autism Therapists). I suggest you run, don't walk, to the phone and find out how they can help you now. You can get help from PEAT if you are low-waged. If you wait for help from NHS/Education, you may be waiting a very long time.
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