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Thursday, June 12, 2008


George in Indiana

Vaccines should be as safe as possible, but I'd rather have my four children with Asperger's grow up to be productive citizens instead of dying from a preventable disease.

There is a story in the Whittier Daily News about a student with autism who recently graduated from his local high school. It's an uplifting story about someone who has overcome difficulties associated with this condition.

I have four children who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum. Three are in the local public school system and one is still in pre-school.

The key for us in the school system has been to meet with the school regularly. In our district, the Asperger's diagnosis puts our children in the special education category, which means a thorough individual education plan (IEP) for each child. Input into this plan comes from the parents, the classroom teacher, the school's special education coordinator, and any other staffers - i.e. speech therapist, physical therapist - who assist with their education.

These meetings, as well as other communication during the year, keep you plugged in to the school system. That line of communication is critical to keep the home and school on the same page.

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