More on services for autistic kids |

More on services for autistic kids

More on services for autistic kids

We would like to thank Soumitro Sen for his sensitive and well-written article about autism and services for children in our county. We would also like to expand on the observation that Nevada County doesn’t have enough services.

Research supports a minimum of 20 hours per week of one-on-one intervention for young, newly diagnosed autistic children. Nonpublic agencies are contracted to provide the majority of these in-home, intensive therapies for each child. They are very costly and are paid for by the state, not families or school districts. Unlike large cities with large autistic populations, there are only one or two of these agencies, which come out of Sacramento, well-staffed enough to serve our families here in the foothills.

Staff at the Nevada County Office of Education and all school districts in Nevada County train and work tirelessly to meet the educational needs of children in school, within the legal framework of “free and appropriate” education for all.

We are proud and excited to be able to work both with the educational system and as C.A.S.T. members. Thank you for your interest in our passion.

Tommie Conlen and Lisa Sheetz, Nevada County Infant Program

Nevada City

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