1. Why did you start Hope for Jabez, LLC?
To help parents so they can rescue their child. I can still recall as if yesterday the overwhelming feelings of sadness, grief and the desperate need of direction as my suspicions of autism in my child were confirmed.
22 years ago, the incidence of Autism was 4 per 10,000 births. Today the incidence is 1 per 60. In the past ten years there has been much headway made in the early identification and intervention of Autism. Although there is great HOPE for the future, the news of an Autism diagnosis is still as debilitating today as it ever was.
I have pioneered unique programs for the last 20 years that have been proven beneficial. I am here to give hope, encouragement, support and direction to parents so their child can advance as quickly as possible.
2. What if I am not sure what is going on with my child?
DO NOT BE AFRAID AND SEEK ANSWERS! You intuitively know if something isn't tracking! The sooner you identify a situation the sooner you can start an intervention that will help redirect his development.
3. Why would I use your consulting services?
22 years ago I was desperately looking for a parent who had gone through this and had successfully made a difference in their child's development. I offer hope, encouragement and support so you can maintain the energy needed to work with your child through all the necessary interventions. I can help direct you to professionals in the areas of interventions needed for progress. I will help prepare you for the appointments and educate you on making the best of the time waiting for the sessions, preventing any frustrating delay and not compromising your child's progress.
4. What have you done that can help me?
The news given to me by the diagnosing psychiatrist was that "he (my son) would never develop past the age of a 7-year-old socially, emotionally nor cognitively." My son is currently attending a local Christian university and participating in a near "normal" setting. I have successfully gone through this journey and have positive directions and solutions to share. I have experience seeking information not readily available and have pioneered interventions now proven to be effective.
5. What makes you different than a support group?
Parent Support Groups can be helpful.
I provide specific individualized direction and referrals that are result-oriented towards interventions. I will educate you in the disorder, answer questions and concerns, help decipher reports and explain terms that you may not have understood in the clinician's room. I can provide focus for tasks and interventions necessary for positive outcomes.
6. What is available for young adults or older individuals with ASD?
Unfortunately there is not a lot available for the young adult and older adult population. The focus is currently on early identification and intervention due to the dramatic increase of incidence.
I have developed a Post-secondary Transition Program for Young Adults that can be used by colleges. I have also developed a student mentorship program that places "typically developing" individuals with an ASD or Special Needs young adult, providing friendship, social interaction and an appropriate "role model"
7. How soon is too soon to start an intervention?
IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY! Research is proving that the earlier a problem is identified the faster it can be improved or resolved. The current goal of professionals is to have all children identified by 2 years of age.
8. Is it ever too late to start interventions?
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START INTERVENTIONS! Current research has shown that the brain is capable of adapting and changing well into late adulthood.
9. Where do I start?
Start by writing down your concerns and observations. Seek the help of an OBJECTIVE person that can recommend direction. It is ALWAYS appropriate to start with your Pediatrician.