Well, it’s been decided that my middle child will need to be fitted with 2 hearing aids. Gah! It’s not enough that the kids has an autism spectrum disorder — now we get to throw this in on top of it. Not that this is the end of the world – there are things that are, of course, much worse to have happen to your child.
But, like most of us have experienced, kids are mean. He’s already been the victim of bullying and been physically assaulted on the school bus. Now we get to throw something else for kids to pick on him for into the mix. It’s very frustrating.
And now, I have a whole new area to learn. When my #2 son was diagnosed with an ASD, I learned everything I could on the subject, and keep a constant eye on new studies, therapies, medications, etc. I know more about what’s going on in the autism community than my pediatrician does — like most parents of a child with a disability! We all become experts in “our field”. Now I have a new field to cover, and I’m at a small loss of where to start. I’ve done a ton of searches online, but none of the sites have quite what I’m looking for. My son isn’t deaf, he doesn’t sign, but he will be using 2 hearing aids and will be registering at the state level as “hearing impaired”.
What I need to find is how this affects the child study team and his IEP. What services/accomodations/modifications are out there for him? Does the CST have to bring in a specialist for his IEP meetings, or does the speech/language pathologist cover this?
If anyone out there has any experience on this, I would love to hear from you! Or if you know of a really great website that can help me learn about these things.
I have to say, if nothing else, life in the B. house is never boring! Time to kick the sense of humor up and keep a straight head on.
And maybe look into a perscription for Xanax…..