Top 10 List: Things to Remember When Working with Children with Autism or Other Special Needs

Ray Hemachandra @ Golden Moon Circles

Ray and Nicholas HemachandraI recently did a recorded presentation for an online class at Western Carolina University–Biltmore Campus for students working to become special-ed teachers, counselors, and therapists. I’ve done a good number of such talks, usually in person, over the years at TEACCH, UNC–Asheville, Blue Ridge Community College, Western Carolina University, local medical groups, autism camps like Camp Lakey Gap, and the Family Support Network of Western North Carolina.

Immediately before giving a presentation I often jot down a few specific points to make, beyond telling my son Nicholas’ story, geared toward the particular audience and often affected, no doubt, by what’s going on in our lives at the time. Here are the main points I made that day, plus a few more now added, all specifically geared toward teachers and therapists but I hope still helpful when generalized out more broadly, including to professionals who…

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