Saturday, April 10, 2010

PFD Ep 4: Guest Kelly Auriemmo, Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Specialist

Join Julie and Heidi as they welcome their first guest to the podcast! This week, Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Specialist, Kelly Auriemmo, gives us the inside scoop of how to work with your local school district when you believe your child is in need of extra support. Kelly tells us how to spot some 'red flags' and how to trust our mom (or dad) instinct when it comes to our children. Kelly gives us some great information on what services may be available through your local school district, how to get those services, and the courage to speak up if those services are not working.

Kelly also spoke about how important it is for all parents, but especially parents of children with special needs, to find support. If you are looking for support in your area, she recommends checking out

Additional resources parents may find helpful:

Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World, Jeffrey Freed, Laurie Parsons

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller - for all things speech - for child development

If you feel your child would benefit from being evaluated, please contact your local Department of Health to set up an evaluation.

Please note, funding and services for early intervention varies depending on your State and County. While most federal guidelines are followed nationally, it is best to check with your local Department of Health or School District for services specific to your area. Also, the purpose of this interview is to bring information to parent to help them seek out the best support and services for their child. Since our guest was not able to evaluate your child personally, any methods that she mentioned for dealing with specific special needs issues, should be discussed with your own specialist or pediatrician.

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avonbyniki said...

I love that you did this! Thank you! My oldest son was dx with Autism at age 2. My youngest is in EI now for speeh & lang. delay. This topic was real close to home. I have been through Early Intervention, PT, OT, Speech, the list goes on, Special Ed Preschool and now CSE meetings. Kelly, you are so right in saying the the district is like a business. So true. It's all about the budget. Just remember, you are your child's BEST advocate. BE THEIR VOICE.

Heidi said...

I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the comments.

Kelly said...

I would just like to add that the 'rules of engagement' for dealing w/ the school district do not just apply to families w/ children who are identified w/ a disability. Those same rules apply if your child is having generic troubles at school. As when we talked about Heidi's older son, the school wanted to suspend him (a 5 year old) over the journal issue. They should be trying some sort of intervention & not going straight to suspension as an alternative. Suspension should be a last resort AFTER other things have been attempted. Thanks again for having me on. It was fun