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Special Needs Help in the DFW Area

14 Oct

Autism Treatment Center

10503 Metric Dr.
Dallas, TX 75243


I consider ATC the gold standard in autism treatment and support in the Metroplex.  Help for children and adults with autism.

ARC of Dallas

12700 Hillcrest Rd. #200
Dallas, TX 75230-2063


ARC of Greater Tarrant County

1300 W Lancaster #104
Fort Worth, TX 76102


ARC of Northeast Tarrant County

PO Box 14455
Haltom City, TX 76117


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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

28 Sep

I have many weaknesses.

Chocolate.  Coffee-table books.  The Container Store.

But one flaw that impacts far more than my waistline or wallet is my ongoing reluctance to ask for help.  This summer, though, I didn’t have a choice.  Circumstances compelled me to rally against my introverted instincts on behalf of Paige, my 14-year-old with autism.

I should have suspected we were in for an unusual summer during the last week of the 2009-10 school year.  For the first time ever, Paige refused to board the bus.  At the time, I chalked up her balking to burnout.  After all, she had struggled all year to adapt to junior high.  So, frankly, had I.

Not helping matters was “the biter,” a fellow student with autism in most of Paige’s classes.  After the fourth (and final) chomp on Paige’s leg in early May, I asked for a schedule change so Paige would have very limited contact with that particular child.  While the teachers readily honored my request (making me kick myself for not asking sooner!), plenty of damage had been done.  I interpreted my non-verbal daughter’s shrieks as signaling she had no intention of returning.

I figured everything would right itself during the two-week break before summer school started.


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