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Autism Therapy in Utah

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Updates on autism therapy in Utah.

Autism Therapy Waiting Room

Many more waiting rooms for autism therapy will be needed as the numbers of autistic related disorder diagnosises grow.

It used to be if your child needed Authism Therapy in Utah you may have to drive over 100 miles to get it.  In some areas you may even still but the reach of therapy services for rural Utah communities is growing thanks to some very dedicated parents.  Recently the awarding of the first Autism Hero Award from the Autism Resources of Utah County Coalition to Karen Fairchild marked a milestone on a long road of improving resources for autism therapy in Utah.

The coalition was established not long ago in an effort to provide a consortium of autism information and resources in local Utah communities.  The information is reported by Paige Fieldsted on the Daily Herald website. The story relates that the aim of Autism Resources of Utah County Coalition is to assist provisioning services and families when they are crossing over from one service to another if their child needs to make change in therapy services. Helping to make great strides in promoting autism therapy in Utah.

When Karen Fairchild’s son was diagnosed with autism, she and her husband looked around for local resources but couldn’t find any. They had to drive to Salt Lake City every day for treatment…

The lack of resources is what prompted Fairchild to get involved in the autism community,
After Fairchild’s son was diagnosed, she realized two of her older children were somewhere along the spectrum for autism disorders as well. Fairchild has worked in the autism community for years, spending time advocating for services for her own children in the school districts and creating a network of support for others dealing with the same issues.

She has served for seven years as a board member and as president of the Autism Society of Utah, worked at Giant Steps for nine years, first as a teacher’s aide and then as a case manager, and is working as a social worker at Kids on the Move in Orem.

Fairchild said her motivation for getting involved in the community was partly selfish.

“I wanted to connect with other parents, I wanted to know other people who were going through what I was going through. I needed help,” she said. “When I learned new things I wanted to share that information so everyone doesn’t have to learn the hard way.”

Lindsay said they had many great nominees for the award but chose Fairchild because of her involvement both as a parent and on the professional level.

“In the autism community things have changed dramatically over the past 10 or 15 years and a lot of that movement and progression has happened because of the parents. We love the fact that she was a parent, because they are the foundation of everything we do in this community,” Lindsay said. ” We looked at Karen because of what she had done professionally, working with Kids on the Move and Giant Steps. She has worked directly with these families and these children.”

Please read the complete story here to get words of wisdom from Karen Fairchild

This is Autism Awareness Month and in other parts of the state many conferences are meeting to put emphasis on local cummunity expansion of Autsim therapy in Utah. One such conference was held at Canyon View High School who hosted the 12th Annual Southern Utah Autism conference presented by The Southwest Educational Development Center.

We found a great article on theSpectrum.com that not only reported on the conference but contained great advice in Autism therapy.

..be skeptical of recommended treatments that claim to guarantee success with every child…

…children may exhibit undesirable behaviors to get attention or get out of work, so parents and other caregivers should avoid rewarding negative behavior…

caregivers should be able to ignore behaviors calculated to get attention and to stand firm when a child is trying to avoid a task he or she needs to complete…

Many other points of information were related by the story, we encourage you to visit the site for the full story here…

The Utah State Office of Education was very helpful in providing assitance to the Southwest Educational Development Center.

All in all it seems there is a lot that is going on in the area of Autism therapy in Utah. More and more communities are taking action and it’s is definitly people like like Karen Fairchild, the parents of autistic chidren who are the motivating factors.  Without their efforts there would be a huge lack of support for parents who are busy as can be raising children with additional needs.

Please share the story and if there is anyone you would like to honor in their efforts to advance services for autism therapy in Utah go ahead and share here.

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