Many clinical resources for families living with autism focus on early diagnosis and intervention; beyond that, many find that there is no clear road travel. Yet most children with ASD work with the diagnosis for a lifetime.
The Autism Home Clinic is designed for returning families and JumpStart ‘graduate’ families to receive ongoing care and new treatment ideas. The AHC is a way for families to practice what they have learned and plan for their child’s future. The AHC hones strategic thinking and provides professional backing for parents’ ideas.
CRITICAL TRANSITION PERIODS: Where the Autism Home Clinic can help
- Navigating the move from zero-three: Transitioning services from regional center to school district.
- Moving into the elementary grades: How to decide which classroom is best? What’s the difference between special education, mainstreaming, and inclusion? We use a developmental approach based on assessment results helps determine what educational paths will help your child most.
- Middle primary school: Many included children with ASDs seem to ‘hit a wall’—no longer fitting with program and peers as they did through preschool and earlier grades. What to do now?
- Age 14 Transition to Adult Living: High school graduation or moving on to a ‘Transition to Adult Living’ 18-22 year old program? What will happen after high school? Should you consider establishing a conservatorship?
- Might it be time for a change? When to switch from a core academic curriculum to functional academics, emphasizing teaching academics through learning daily living skills.
- Planning for post-secondary years: Is college right? What kind? What about vocational alternatives? How do accommodation in the workplace under Americans with Disabilities Act work?
- Leaving home: Considering and preparing for living outside the family home. What type of program fits best – sheltered environments, aggregate, or independent living?
At the Autism Home Clinic, brief check-ins at any time are welcome. We’d love to see your family again and provide a sounding board for any current issues. Visits to the AHC may be covered by third party insurance or by private pay. Contact Raizel DeWitt, Clinic Coordinator 415-391-3417 (firstname.lastname@example.org).