Emily Olson and The Sensory Hippo Blog
When my daughter was only 20 months old, we realized that something was wrong. At the time, we couldn’t find anyone to diagnose her before the age of three. The therapies available at the time were not affordable. So, with direction from an Occupational Therapist in the area, I started my own version of a “Home-Based Early Intervention” with my daughter Sophia. This blog represents the things we did day in and day out to help her. At age three, she was only 18 months developmentally, and was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum with PDD-NOS. This was incredible progress since her initial evaluation at 20 months. She then spent three years in special education pre-school and “successfully” mainstreamed into a traditional first grade classroom.
Don’t get discouraged if therapy for your child is not accessible or affordable. You can jump in and make a difference right in your own home. It is not easy, it is exhausting. But the payoffs are big so don’t wait. Every day matters, especially when your child is very young.
And, if you have a question, feel free to send my way.
Sophia Before Medication and Intervention:
Sophia Meltdown Diary:
Sophia After Medication and Early Intervention:
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