I am employed at SNAP Education as Office Manager and P.A. for the Director. I joined SNAP in April 2006.
My son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3y8m. He started on the SNAP Program in January of 2005.
My daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning autism) in February 2007 at the age of 8yrs.
In 2010 my husband was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 37, after being married for 15 yrs.
Next year, in 2014, September, it will be ten years ago that the 'Tsunami' of my children's diagnosis hit our marriage - (Jonathan diagnosed with Autism and Jessica diagnosed with Cancer).
In blogging I hope to share with you some of my coping mechanisms and techniques, to encourage you and give you hope. To help you to stay strong and focused on this new journey - actually, I see it as a detour to reach the intended destination.
My daughter, Jessica, turns 14 on the 1st of Jul 2013 - coming Monday! She was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2007, February and spent 2 years on the SNAP Program. She is now in Grade 6 in Jan Kriel School, Cape Town, and I am extremely proud of her progress.
My husband and I work like a United Front, just like Annalies (Director of SNAP) has taught us. We do the same thing, have the same responses in given situations, etc. towards the children. Jessica even helps with training Jonathan at home. She is on the "Parent Team" and has privileges that Jonathan does not yet have. She also has more responsibility. There are times at home, when the two are alone, that she needs to supervise Jonathan. I can leave them at home alone for 3-4 hours at a time. It was a task that took years, because before they were of course also too young, and too 'autistic' - if I may say that, as a parent - and too untrained.