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Bonnie Sayers
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About the BellaOnline Autism Spectrum Disorders Editor

Welcome! I am the single parent to two teen boys on the autism spectrum. I have been writing at this site since June of 2005. My youngest son Matthew is seventeen with severe autism and behavior issues, as well as being non-verbal. Matthew has been on anti-psychotic medication for over nine years now. In the past he has had feeding therapy and floortime. In December of 2010 we started in home ABA therapy to work on toilet training. Matthew loves to run laps around the track at school. He is now in a Community Based Instruction class in High school. I see him as being the next Carl Lewis - Special Olympics could be in his future.

My older son, Nicholas is eighteen and considered higher functioning on the autism spectrum. He was fully included from first through fifth grade. He attended California Virtual Academy, an online school utilizing www.K12.com curriculum from sixth through eleventh grade. For senior year he is back at LAUSD per his request to experience senior year in a brick and mortar school setting. He wants to be a zookeeper like Jack Hanna. We are focusing on driving lessons, transition into Adulthood, social media, college classes and will be writing on these topics as they come up.

Both boys were retained in the first grade. They attended a special autism day camp every summer for eight years until they up and moved north without notifying families. I will be sharing tips, ideas, suggestions and resources for a variety of subjects. These will range from books for children, preparing for field trips, terminology, government programs, behavior issues and strategies, supervised visitation, assessments, social skills, communication systems and IEP goals. There are reviews on books, toys, CDs, DVDs and food related items.

I have been writing Reviews on Epinions for over twelve years. You will also come across my reviews on Amazon. I am on twitter and Facebook

Whether you are new to the autism world or have been living with it everyday for many years - I hope you find something of interest here and check back often for new articles. Parentsī helping other families is what support is all about. For many of us our own families are not in the picture and we gain insight and strength from those who have lived with autism on a daily basis.

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Educational Autism Tips for Families 71 page resourceful ebook for families entering the school system with a recent autism diagnosis. Find out what issues take place over the course of a school day and meet these challenges head on.

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