Series Helps Ohio Parents Navigate Unfamiliar World of Autism
Ohio News Network Reporting
As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise, many parents are entering an unfamiliar world.
A new series is helping Ohio parents learn more about how they can seek the best treatment, therapies and strategies to help their child. Donna Owens with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence says the way autism presents in each child can be widely varied, which can make it difficult for parents to know the best route to take.
The series was held in the Dayton area and covered the topics of common challenges, building independence, sensory issues, among other things. Owens says these are many challenges parents face for which they have little preparation.
She says other areas of information the series addresses are issues that may cause barriers for children and the challenges families may face in teaching a child different skills.
Owens says the face-to-face format of the sessions is very beneficial for the parents, so they don’t have to spend countless hours doing their own research on these common topics. She says it also allowed them to open up and learn from other parents.
Another training session will be held in the Cleveland area this fall, and other organizations hold similar series for parents throughout the state. More information is available at autismohio.org.