New girl intro

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Tue, 07-12-2005 - 11:00am

Hello all - I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know how amazing you all are!!


I am Nicole, and while I am not a parent (yet!) I am a special education teacher - I teach elementary school students with moderate to severe autism - and am working on my PhD with an emphasis in autism.

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Registered: 02-24-2004
In reply to: mnicolemm
Wed, 07-13-2005 - 12:05am

Hi Nicole,

Glad to have you here! My sister is an aide at a school that specializes in autism. She lives a few hours away from me, but it's nice to have someone who understands when you talk about your child. Right now, she's the only family member that understands.

My son is 6yrs old and was dx'd HFA last year, and I have another son who is 8. They are quite a handful!

This is a great board, and it's helped alot of us mom's find some help and compassion when we need it the most. It's nice to share your day with others, and actually know that they can relate!! Anyway, welcome to the board!

Michelle

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mnicolemm
Fri, 07-15-2005 - 7:36pm

Welcome Nicole.

You will have to excuse the slow response. I rarely make it past the general discussions so sorry it took me a while to see this.

I worked with autistics too before the kids were born. Fell in love with them. They were some of the neatest people I have ever met. However, today I am not feeling quite the same, lol. Usually I do, but the kids are, well, not enjoyable today sort of speak.

welcome to our little world. It is always nice to "hear from the other side" so long as you excuse the parent frustration with some school personel. I know school personel also get frustrated with parents (my hubby works in the field still). Just realize that it isn't personal. I know personally that there are many wonderfully gifted teachers out there to whom we owe alot. It is the few that are frustrating that make it hard. Same the other way I am sure.

It is always nice to have a teacher around interested in learning more about our kids outside the classroom. Those are the truly gifted, wonderful teachers.

Renee

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In reply to: mnicolemm
Sat, 07-16-2005 - 7:39am

Hi Nicole,

Thanks for posting. It is really nice to have a teacher on-board. I am impressed time and again with the dedication that the special ed teachers have. It really seems to be a calling.

I have a just-turned-4 year old DS, Jack, with PDD-NOS. He is a wonderful, handsome boy who is really easy going and usually a total pleasure. We are working really hard with him (lots of ABA).

Cathy

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Registered: 03-31-2003
In reply to: mnicolemm
Thu, 07-21-2005 - 7:36pm
Welcome Nicole. I am always so happy to hear about teachers who take an interest in children with special needs. It is certainly a tough job, but very rewarding I would imagine. My son is 2 1/2 and ASD, and the early intervension teachers are so wonderful with him (and me!). Great teachers make all of the difference in the world. I applaud you for being one of those great teachers.