Adult Autism Support New Bedford MA

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Behavioral Connections llc
(508) 444-6530
Fairhaven, MA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Assessment, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Carol Wester, R.N.,CNS, CNA
Hopewell Associates, 8 County Rd, Ste #4 PO Box 1747
Mattapoisett, MA
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention

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Pamela Ferro, R.N.-Hopewell Associates
(508) 758-3200
Hopewell Associates, 2 Brandt Island Rd., PO Box 1747
Mattapoisett, MA
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Children Making Strides (Pocasset)
(508) 563-5767
4 Barlow??s Landing Road
Pocasset, MA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Therapy Providers

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Community Autism Resources
508-677-9239; 508-379-0371
2315 Grand Army of the Republic Highway
Swansea, MA
Support Services
Support Organization

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Camp New Connections
(617) 855-2858
McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA
Support Services
Summer Camp/ESY

Data Provided By:
Julie Przybyszewski, R.N.,M.A.,L.M.H.C.
(508) 758-3200
Hopewell Associates, 2 Brandt Island Rd., PO Box 1747
Mattapoisett, MA
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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May Institute Childrens Services
(508) 678-0041
Hyland Clinic, 178 Pine St.
Fall River, MA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Community Autism Resources, Inc.
1-800-588-9239; 508-379-0371
2315 Grand Army of the Republic Highway
Swansea, MA
Support Services
Support Organization

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Judy Converse, MPH, RD - Nutrition Care for Children
(508) 548-6728
205-4B Worcester Court
Falmouth, MA
Support Services
DAN! Pediatrics, Nutritional Counseling, Other

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Finding The Right Home For Your Adult Child With Autism

Finding the right home for your adult child with autism

Lisa Jo Rudy

Marianne Ehlert of Protected Tomorrows works with the families of people on the autism spectrum to plan for adult living. Available options for people on the autism spectrum vary from state to state and individual to individual. Possibilities range from complete independence to institutional living. Figuring out just what a particular individual needs, where to find it, and how to fund it, can be a complex process.

Ehlert notes that it's important to begin thinking about adult living while your child with autism is still young. In part, that's because children with autism are usually eligible for special needs and transition programs through their schools, which means that your child's educational program can be crafted to support your plans for the future. It's also because the process of thinking through, planning for and creating an ideal living situation for a person on the autism spectrum may take a long time.

Step One - Envision an Ideal Setting for Your Adult Child With Autism
All parents, Ehlert says, want their children to be "safe and happy" as adults. But every parent has a different vision of what "safe and happy" might look like. That vision, she says, depends as much on the parent's experience and attitudes as on the child's abilities and preferences. Still, it's important for parents to start thinking about their own vision for their child's future before making any concrete actions.

Where would your child thrive? In a city? On a farm? On his own? With a group? At home with parents? In essence, says Ehlert, there are five general living options available:

∗ At home with family

∗ Apartment with services that come in and check on residents (make sure they are paying bills, cleaning, etc.) These are living support services, and they could be privately or publically funded.

∗ Housing unit program/roommate -- individuals live in a house or apartment building that belongs to a structured support group; caregiver makes sure everyone is OK at night, runs programs, etc.

∗ Group home (community integrated living arrangement) -- caregiver lives on site

∗ "Dorm-style," large facilities (institutional settings, very low level workshop living)

Step Two - Determine if Your Ideal Setting Exists
Once parents (or parents and their teenage children with autism) have identified an ideal living situation, the next step is to determine whether such as setting already exists or whether the family will have to create the setting. A surprising number of parents are involved with or considering involvement with the creation of a residential setting for their child with autism. Some are funding or developing supportive living situations; others are envisioning and creating work/home settings in towns, cities, and rural areas.

Often, information about adult living situations in your state or province is available thr...

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