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Aspergers / Autism Services in Florence, SC ?

Asperger/Autism Services in Florence, SC?

 

South Carolina Spectrum Families are in Need

I spent the day at the pool yesterday with my husband and three boys.  There is an older lady who I always see with her two grandchildren, a boy and a girl.  The boy is 3 years old and has severe autism. I left heartbroken after talking to his grandmother for a brief time.  Apparently, there are no services for her grandson here.  No childcare available, no special school programs, no help with medical or financial issues whatsoever.  She just doesn’t even know where to turn, and admittedly neither do I. 

She told me that during the school year, a teacher will visit twice a week for a short period of time to work with him.  But—there are no school programs he can attend.  Schools that have programs for autistic children are either too far away and do not provide transportation, and/or are not affordable.  

I haven’t found much of anything in my search for support or services in this area.  I am hoping that maybe someone out there can share their experiences, and/or send us in the right direction. I’m originally from NYC, and am considering leaving this area for these exact reasons.  Shall my children also be left out in the cold?  As it is, I have one child beginning the third grade with no evaluation or services offered, even when I requested them, and an 8th grader who I am homeschooling once again this year because there are no services for him in the school systems here. 

It is absolutely awful that so many families on the spectrum are left to wade through life alone with nowhere and no one to turn to for help.

If anyone has any ideas/services/information, please comment below.  I would love to be able to pass on a little bit of hope.  Thanks so much.

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.