Thursday, September 29, 2011

Case Workers as Autism's First Responders

I will never forget the first time a case worker from the Regional Center of the East Bay came to visit.
Her name was Iris.
Matthew was 3 years old, and while he hadn't yet been diagnosed with autism, his I.Q. scores were low, so he qualified for a range of services, including as remedial preschool(now called early intervention) and speech therapy.
I told the case worker that I didn't believe that Matthew would need services for long. I was determined to fix him.
"That's great," said Iris, "but let me tell you how we can help."

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