All About Autism Podcast 122: Tips From a Para-Educator


Episode 122

In Episode 122 of the All About Autism Podcast, your guest hosts Jason Producer Jason and his wife, Natalie Pyles, welcome special guest DJ Conger, who works as a Para-Educator and shares some valuable tips and advice with our audience.

The All About Autism Podcast is talk radio for those desiring to be familiarized, energized, apprised, advised and empathized with regarding all things Autism. Your husband-and-wife hosts, Dave and Heather Eaton, bring you a weekly show with new releases every single Saturday.

Show Notes:
1.) Introduction
— Guest hosts: Jason and Natalie Pyles
2.) Autism in the News
— Museum accommodates autistic kids
— Autism insurance coverage in Mississippi?
3.) Main segment: Tips from Para-Educator DJ Conger
4.) Closing / Credits
5.) “The Autism Anthem” by Dave Eaton

Next week’s episode: Episode 123 with Dave and Heather will be released on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Don’t miss it!

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One thought on “All About Autism Podcast 122: Tips From a Para-Educator

  1. You mentioned at the end of the podcast about possibly including international articles… does this include silly things such as a recent(ish) ruling from the Italian courts that autism is caused by vaccines? Yeah, I rolled my eyes at their ruling too.

    I gotta say though, I sure appreciate that this particular topic was addressed. There’s so much I didn’t know when I began the 504, BIP, and IEP processes with both of my kids. We’re in 5th grade now, and I swear I’m still learning things. The mention about just requesting an aid… while it may be written in the law or bi-law, getting the school to actually accept and provide an aid, in my experience, is a joke. Each time I mentioned it I was literally told that if they got an aid for my son, then someone else would be deprived of the aid they needed. The bottom line is that some of the things which you need to really help your child be successful, it’s going to be a fight to have and get put in place. I know some people who have offered to pay out of their own pocket to have an aid with their child, and the school refused to allow it, even when they put it in the child’s IEP.

    Ultimately this entire process is an uphill battle. I’m grateful that both of my kids have been moved to small group settings to accommodate their unique and individual needs (one is in an Autism group class, and the other is bipolar and in a setting which meets those particular needs). Though it seems that many parents don’t get as involved in the process as they could. Both of the teachers over my kids classes were genuinely surprised when I sent in some sensory tools for my kids, which I know will help them. In fact, they use some of my kids sensory tools to help the other kids in the classes (because mine don’t need all of the tools all of the time). It’s just so very important for parents to be actively involved in the process, even though it feels like just one more demand and at times feels entirely overwhelming.

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