I am a technical recruiter with a strong creative bent. My wife is an instructor for children with disabilities. One of the big advantages of living in New York is that I can always find 'non-commercial' alternative entertainments and pursuits, any day of the week.
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We work across the board, from ADHD and dyslexia to Asperger's and autism. We also work with all age groups.
For us the problem is the "developmental problems" aspect. We focus on what caused the developmental process to get sluggish or stuck, and we work with the families to get the developmental process back on track.
We don't really pay attention to symptoms and diagnosis (except as a barometer for predicting how log it takes to get them back on track). Of course, the younger the child is the simpler it is to get the developmental process kick-started and for them to catch-up with their peers.
I recently started working with a 17 y/o HFA. And, although we are making progress, it is a difficult task because he has lost so much socialization and content knowledge.
With a three y/o we can get them back on track and functioning at age-appropriate levels in 5 to 9 months. But, with a 17 y/o, it takes a couple of years to get him caught-up.
All in all, it is rewarding work. I especially like the surprising good/bad stories we get. The other day, a mom from the Atlantic states, with a 3 1/2 y/o child who is diagnosed as Failure To Thrive, called for her regular session with us. When we started this child could not raise her head, or roll over in bed, or reach for things, or point, or walk, or talk.
We have been excited that the child is now able to raise her head and turn to look at the person talking in the room. And, she can point and reach, so we know we are making progress.
On this call the mom told us that the child rolled off the bed twice in the last week. Of course, this is one of those surprising happy and scary moments. Happy because the child is now able to roll-over in bed. Scary because the family did not know they needed to put infant protections around the bed to keep the child from falling on the floor after the first time the child fell off the bed.