Author: Amy Bohlander, PhD

How to Request Special Education Services after an Autism Diagnosis

My child just received a diagnosis of autism. How do I get support for him/ her at school?

The first step is to request a special education evaluation through public school. This request must be made in writing. The letter can be short and to the point, and should be delivered to the school principal or school psychologist. You can request this evaluation through the public schools even if your child is home-schooled or attends private school. Read full post »

Autism and Participating in Research

BoyThinking About Participating in Autism Research?  Here’s What You Need to Know.

Over the past few decades, our knowledge about autism has expanded tremendously, thanks to the many research studies that have been conducted. Through research, we have begun to learn about autism’s causes, effective treatments, and how to best diagnose autism. If you are a parent of a child with autism, maybe you’ve considered having your child participate in a research study. But you might also have some reservations about participating, or maybe you’ve wondered: what’s in it for my child and our family? Read full post »

Spanish-speaking Families of Children with Autism: Resources and Cultural Considerations

Historically, Latino children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have been under-identified, mis-identified, or identified at a later age. This has been problematic because it means that Latino children with ASD have had more difficulty accessing the services and interventions they need. Although Latino children with ASD continue to be under-identified compared to Caucasian children, the gap in diagnosis rates is narrowing. As the number of Latino children diagnosed with autism continues to rise with better and more accurate diagnosis, it is necessary to have information and supports available in Spanish. Read full post »

Preparing for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

An IEP, or Individualized Education Program, is a document that describes a student’s special education plan.  Every student who receives special education services has an IEP.  Like children with autism, no two IEPs are exactly the same.  The content of an IEP varies from child to child depending on his or her unique needs.  An IEP is intended to be a “living, breathing” document that changes as students make progress towards their goals and as their needs change.  Read full post »