Listen to what educators, parents and medical personnel are saying about Anne and Step Ahead of Autism™
You were and are a wonderful advocate for your children and you are now going to help countless other parents through a very difficult, confusing and very frustrating time as they try to find their way to a diagnosis and help for their child. I have always admired you for how you jumped right in and researched and fought for the best for Joey.
Sue Christian, RN
During my 20+ year career in the field of autism, as a public school special educator, autism specialist, and private autism consultant, I have come to know parents at all stages of their journey to find the best possible interventions and programs for their child. Perhaps the most essential ingredient for success is a true and ongoing collaboration between home and school. Step Ahead of Autism™ is an excellent resource to give to parents to gently remind them that we as educators need to work collaboratively with the parents to ensure the child’s best outcome.
The exercises in Step Ahead of Autism™ speak directly to the parent, which is novel and much needed approach toward building an effective partnership between parents and educational professionals. I had the pleasure of knowing Joey during his preschool and elementary school years, and can attest to the extraordinary gains he realized with the supports developed through the strategies provided in this exceptional resource.
Sorry this note turned into a venting session and all I wanted to do was say thank you for heading us towards Boston and the links on your page. Amazing how much info you can get from people who “get it” and “live it” than the ones who don’t.
When my son was diagnosed with Autism, I immediately told our family and friends. I knew that if I didn’t accept this and inform those that loved him, we would never get the support we needed. Since my son was only twenty-two- months old, some of their responses were “he’s so young, how do they really know he has Autism”, “Autism? Really? Maybe he will outgrow it, you don’t need to tell everyone yet”, “oh – all kids are quirky”, etc… I knew in my heart that there was something that was just not right, it wasn’t just being quirky. I knew that it was not something he would outgrow, as even our as even our pediatrician had initially suggested. As a mother you know your child better than anyone else, there is an instinct that comes with being a mother that you just need to follow. I believe, even more so now that I have followed the 8 week session, Step Ahead of Autism™, taught by Anne Burnett. Anne brings her first-hand expertise of what is required to successfully raise an autistic child and lead him or her to a positive outcome. My son, Nicholas, continues to achieve in areas never thought before as I am now empowered and educated to make the right decisions for him and my family time and time again. I still rely on the steps when I am facing a new challenge or trying to overcome an obstacle in my son’s life. I can’t say enough about the profound impact this program has had on me and my family.
When my daughter was diagnosed on the spectrum with PDD-NOS, I immediately realized that we had a long road ahead of us. He did not like to do what his siblings liked to do which made family time very, very difficult. After Step Ahead of Autism™, I realized that we needed to adapt our family lifestyle to my son’s diagnosis. There were certain things that he just did not enjoy doing, which made it miserable to everyone else in the family. We figured out (the hard way!) that some things were not worth pushing him out of his comfort zone. Those things would be done with either just myself or my husband and our other children, or another family member would babysit my son while the rest of the family went & enjoyed an activity together. I quickly learned that it was OK if we didn’t all enjoy the same things. Other times, we would push him a little bit, we were not going to allow our son to stay in his own little world, as he preferred to do. It was important to keep him interacting with others, not just family but friends as well or even strangers at the playground. He needed to learn to cope with others & with situations that weren’t exactly what he wanted to be doing. Life isn’t easy, things are not always perfect & he needed to learn how to handle it. I needed to learn when to push him & when to back off a bit & let him do his own thing or have his quiet time, “choose my battles”.
Having a child with Autism can be very stressful on a family. When your child does not enjoy or want to participate in activities that a typical child participates in, it can make you feel alienated & alone. You need to learn to adapt your family lifestyle.