When you have a child with autism, birthdays are almost always bittersweet. Last week, Lucas turned 21 so this birthday was really bittersweet for me since Lucas has now completely transitioned to the adult autism world.
You see, part of me is feeling grateful that Lucas is in a good place in terms of his health and the services that he has in place. In fact, I can confidently say that Lucas, even though he remains significantly impaired with moderate to severe autism, has reached his fullest potential and will continue to reach it going forward because, I won’t let the bar be lowered for him…ever.
So while Lucas is thriving (and I’m grateful about that), I’m feeling sad and angry at the same time... because very few children with autism are getting the kind of ABA programming that can turn things around for them and enable them to reach their fullest potentials.
Many parents are on waiting lists for evaluations and treatment -- and many programs are simply not using cutting edge practices that make a difference.
There’s no other disorder or disease that a child could be diagnosed with that would require parents to work this hard to try to get the best outcome for their children.
Can you imagine if your child was diagnosed with cancer and you as a parent were told that you had to wait months or years for a diagnosis or to get treatment...?
...Or if the doctor told you that your child wasn’t entitled to the best chemotherapy and instead was given medicine that was almost surely not going to work?
I’m sad and angry because it just shouldn’t be this hard for parents.
Everywhere I turn, and in almost every new child observation or evaluation that I’ve done since becoming a BCBA in 2003, I see children with autism whose therapy and services I’d call “sub-par” at best and sometimes it looks much worse than that.
AND, it’s usually not the fault of the school staff, Behavior Analysts, SLPs, or other professionals either. Well-meaning professionals around the globe are struggling to help kids who have very different and complicated language needs as well as problem behaviors. So this is why, after 2 decades in the autism world, I’m sad and angry.
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I’m not one to wallow in despair or give up easily. In fact, I’ve been compared to a piranha and a mama bear for Lucas and all my clients... ...and one of the leaders in the field of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, Dr. Dick Malott, even called me the leader of the “pissed-off autism mama” movement in his ABAI Presidential address a few years ago!
I’m not going to sit back and watch kids get services that aren’t meeting their needs and to watch families struggling needlessly.
I’m passionate about helping both parents and professionals - and especially BCBAs, so they can learn better ways to turn things around for their children and for their clients.
I’ve set a big, bold new goal to help 2 million kids reach their fullest potentials by 2020.
To do this, I need your help.
Since you got this far in this long email and are still reading it, you might be a perfect addition to join my mission.
You see, even though I’ve been a Behavior Analyst since 2003, and wrote my best-selling book, The Verbal Behavior Approach over a decade ago, it wasn’t until 2 years ago that I finally figured out how to get my procedures out to professionals and parents around the world … and that was through my online training course.
With my signature course “Autism ABA Help: Online Training for Professionals and “Gung-Ho” Parents,” I've been able to get my procedures and step-by-step system in the hands of hundreds of BCBAs, SLPs, teachers and parents. Even a few grandparents joined us when the course was last opened in March!
In addition to parents, our online community includes many autism practitioners, ranging from BCBAs, Speech Pathologists to teachers and tutors, from over 44 different countries. And my courses are now approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to provide 12 Type II continuing education credits, making the program even more valuable.
Now, you might be thinking…how in the world can this program be great for novice parents and ALSO suitable for very seasoned professionals?
Well, I thought the same thing in 2015 when I started creating my course.., and I’ve been advised by online marketing experts to only teach either parents or professionals but not both.
Too bad…I want to teach both professionals and parents…because years and decades are going by and we simply don’t have any time to spare!
Our online community is like no other.
We’re all learning every day and together we’re transforming lives and celebrating our successes.
I’m on many Facebook groups and our group is one of the most positive and helpful groups I’ve ever been a part of. The mix of both “gung-ho” parents and a variety of autism professionals makes the membership group really special and supportive.
This isn’t just a 60-day course.
Taking this course and joining my community could very possibly change the life of your child or your clients, and in the process it will change your life too, as it has for so many others.
As I said, I’m on a mission to turn things around for 2 million children with autism by 2020 through my online training and community for both parents and professionals.
So in honor of Lucas’ bittersweet 21st birthday and with my mission in place, I want to get my online course, Autism ABA Help: Online Training for Professionals and “Gung-Ho” Parents in as many hands as possible.
For the next 3 days, you can join us for a very special price of only $397 which is $100 off the regular price. I’m also offering a payment plan to make it available to as many people as possible. You can get all the details by clicking the link below.
Join my online course here
As I said earlier, I haven’t opened my course since March and I don’t plan to open it again any time soon...so if you want to join hundreds of other autism professionals and parents from across the globe, I hope you’ll join me today (or by Thursday at the latest)!
If you’re ready to join me and my small-but-mighty tribe, and be among the few who are learning the best way that I know to help 2 million children reach their fullest potentials, you can do that here.
If you’re curious, but would like a little more information to decide if this online course is for you, click here to access my FREE,4-part video workshop, which will give you all the details and a peek inside the course.
Remember, this video workshop is only available until Thursday…. so I hope you’re good at binge-watching (thank you Netflix)!
If you’re a parent or professional who wants to join my community to help me on my mission to turn things around for 2 million kids by 2020, then I’d love to have you.
Please join me today!
If you have any questions, just hit reply to this email, and my assistant or I’ll be happy to help.
All my best,
This week is critical for preserving and protecting the Medicaid program as we know it! On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the United States Senate presented their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Better Care Reconciliation Act strips Medicaid of much needed funding to provide care for our most vulnerable communities, and decimates an essential lifeline for millions across the country. The plan would lead to loss of critical home and community based services, more uninsured, which would compound current problems related to lack of coverage, and increased health care costs in an overburdened system. The Senate will vote on the bill this Thursday. Help ensure this bill does not make it to the floor for a vote!
Please call your senators NOW urge them to reject any plan that caps and cuts Medicaid and strips necessary health care from those who need it most. We want everyone to flood phone lines and let senators know how important the Medicaid program is to people with disabilities. Let’s keep up the pressure! Click here to view our official Medicaid Toolkit for talking points, sample emails, and suggested social media posts.
Every phone call, email, and social media post counts! No effort is too small.
Did you know that Early Bird Registration rates are ending on Friday this week on June 30 for the Adult autism conference (aka Inaugural Tri State Adult Autism Symposium)? Yep, and they won’t be back again until the 2018 conference. Check it out at www.gcaspies.org/conference.
Are you a school system or organization wanting to send multiple people to the conference and want to know how to get in on Early Bird Registration by June 30, but can’t pay until July 1 starts? Email Scott Kramer at email@example.com.
Are you a Tennessee or Georgia resident facing an economic/financial hardship and want to get more information about you can get a full registration waiver before June 30? Email Scott Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
naugural Tri State Adult Autism Symposium Conference Updates - Saturday, July 22, Chattanooga, TN, Red Bank Baptist Church, 4000 Dayton Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37404.
1. The number of exhibitors at the Symposium conference is around 20, which is all that the Family Life Center (gym) could handle.
2. There will be a silent auction at the conference. Many, many companies from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and other states have been gracious to donate items for the auction. All funds received from the silent auction go to fund the GCA Centre for Adult Autism and its programs at the Chattanooga Autism Center.
3. 11 speakers (including the lunch keynote), 4 breakout sessions, and lots of opportunities to make new contacts with others attending the conference
4. All sessions will be taking place in the Norton Building, with exhibitors in the Family Life Center - at Red Bank Baptist Church.
5. Maps for parking, rooms for sessions, etc. will be up on the GCA Center for Adult Autism website, as time is closer to the Symposium conference.
6. This is a full-day conference, with the first session starting at 8:45 AM and the last session ending at 3:40 PM.
7. The most important thing in all this is the social networking opportunities for adults/young adults/transition teens on the autism spectrum and other interested individuals - that do not exist at other autism/disability-related conferences.