Golden Nugget

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Golden Nugget

My golden nugget advice for a parent – it’s that you as the parent are the expert in your child. And you have to be the expert. And you have to be willing and able to take control of the interventions that go on with your child. A lot of the different people you will talk to – the schools, the pediatrician, the people at intake – all those people, they have a very broad knowledge of special ed in general. They do not have a selective knowledge of autism, and they certainly don’t have a particular knowledge about your child. You’re the only one who really knows your child and so you have to stay involved and you have to go with how your gut is directing you. Pay attention to that, because you’re the real one who really, really knows.

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Val Fein

Mom of Autistic Child

Val Fein is an autism intervention specialist in private practice, a psychology PhD candidate working on her dissertation research, and the mother of a child whose diagnosis moved from autism: severe/moderate to autism: recovered/indistinguishable, after intensive early intervention.

Val is currently conducting research for her doctoral dissertation. She is investigating how expert autism-intervention practitioners describe the process of successfully establishing moments of intersubjective engagement during their early intervention sessions with children who have autism.

Val designs and oversees individualized comprehensive autism intervention programs. She teaches parents, educators, therapists, and paraprofessionals how to target recovery from autism for the children they love. She works extremely closely with each family, partnering with parents to create and maintain programs that aim to maximize joy for their child. She specializes in the moment-to-moment mechanics of effective and meaningful intervention.

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