Someone asked me why do I love working with families of children with Autism. Here is my answer and these were just the first two families I met : I started wor...king with families and children through the Early Intervention Program I now run. I went into a big beautiful house and the two year old greeted me and told me a hot dog and Hamburg made the number ten. His mother could not take him out to store and was embarrassed to be with him because his behavior was not the same as his sisters. He had massive meltdowns and mom didn't know how to manage. Reminded me of Rainman. A few weeks later I evaluated another little boy who was two who would not respond to anything we presented. No facial expressions, no eye contact, no engagement in toys, no singing. For an hour and a half. No one told this mother that her child had many sign of autism. From there my mission began. Two very different kids, presented different , different home environments, different socioeconomic groups. Same diagnosis. No one could help them. I researched, I studied, I followed my instinct, I tried things with them. Most important I formed relationships with the parents, taught them what it meant, explained it , coached them on how to engage meaningfully with their children. Found the right supports for the children. Transitioned them into preschools, established support systems for the family. Decided that it is my mission to coach the parent. The medical profession makes recommendations but has no idea what they mean. Parents don't have that autism expert to help them navigate the maze. There are so many things out there for them to waste money on and try. I am the person that teaches parents and provides them what they need. Information, strategies, emotional support and more importantly someone they can trust, talk to and answer their questions!