So today brought my time in Malaysia to a close. But not before a busy morning. I spent most of the morning in the center. I had put together a schedule idea for the teen boys and some room arrangement changes. Teachers were ready to make some changes and got busy rearranging the room and cleaning. I should have taken a picture but I forgot!! Before I new it, it was time to go, but not before a sad goodbye and some pictures…oh and a visit to a little boy suspected of needing early intervention.
So Hasnah, Sazlina and I headed off to the child’s house for a visit. The is just turning 4. We spent about 30 minutes at the house. Parents are concerned he might have autism. Hasnah wants my opinion. There is a clear issue here. In the states this there would be little doubt that he is in need of early intervention. He has some classic signs of autism but also has some social and language skills that indicate maybe not. From my point of view 1. He needs early intervention and 2. it shouldn’t matter, if at 4 we can’t decide. Who wants to put a label on a kid that young? Not me!
The problem(s). 1. He needs a label to get services (slp, pt, ot). :(. 2. Yes, he needs early intervention….but is there anywhere that provides this service and if there is, are they using evidence based practices? and would they serve him without a label? Ack! How do you tell a parent, yes, your child need early intervention but Im sorry, I can’t recommend anywhere that provides that. :(
The National center will help address issues like this for some young children. Hopefully it will also rapidly multiple and expand!