We’ve all heard about the wonders of early intervention therapy for children with autism, under the age of three. It makes perfect sense and the children who receive good early-intervention therapy are most fortunate.
But what about the children that are not diagnosed with autism until well past the age of three? Or the children who receive inadequate or insufficient early therapy. Usually between the ages of three and five, strangers will begin mentioning/diagnosing a child’s obvious autism.
The health care industry now honors early-intervention therapy responsibilities for children with autism; however, past the age of three, children are then sent to the public school system for their medically necessary therapy, where staff are not qualified, ill-equipped and always understaffed, which naturally causes resentment by staff towards the children who, through no fault of their own, missed out on the benefits of adequate, if any, early intervention therapy.
This major issue however, along with the issue of schoolyard, hallway & classroom bullying has been solved by technology, as the internet now brings education into the home, where children of all ages can learn, grow and thrive in the safety of their own home.
A new online School for children with autism caters to these minimally verbal children, with learning & teaching-techniques & materials demonstrated and validated by a strong ten-year-old boy with autism and is minimally verbal, and who inspires & teaches other children as he continues to learn and grow.
This new school is called Autism Family-Style Online School for Children with Autism, and is aggressively working to catch this community of children that have fallen through the cracks of early diagnosis & intervention. AFS charges a minimal tuition; however is tuition-free for those who cannot afford to pay. As one window closes in the face of children with autism, there is now an online school proudly opening another, much bigger, window of opportunity for these children so full of potential.