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Update: I think that it will work out for J to attend the camp this summer. Of course, now we are waiting to see if we will qualify for the financial assistance. If we do, the cost of the camp will be do-able for us — and one fifth the price of tuition with no assistance. I really hope that everything will come together and that this will all work out. It will be a blessing to be able to have J learn about social skills and get some OT help while being engaged with other people for 12 hours a week. My summer looks much more manageable with this camp in the picture — even though it will mean a lot of driving for me. What I really wish is that I could continually engage J in life at home…but that is pretty near impossible given my current activities.


  1. That sounds like a cool place. Too bad I live in CA. Do you have the number still? Maybe they have something over here for my oldest son.

  2. Karlene, it is a program put on by an OT department at a college here in St. Louis. Maybe you could find a similar program if you called some area colleges where you live. I hope that you can.

  3. It’s a good thing we didn’t name him J Lo or we would be giving away almost his full name when we blog about him 😉

  4. I am praying that this camp will work out for you and J. I just love that kid!

  5. Are you talking about Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)? Our son’s ABA Provider is hot on RDI right now, which apparently puts her in a rare crowd. Most RDI and ABA people apparently see themselves as mutually exclusive. Anyway, I ordered an RDI book on her recommendation, and Clay and I are considering going to some RDI thing later this year here in St.L. (his parents offered to pay for an autism-related conference attendance). Just curious. Good luck with the camp. Although our son is younger than yours, I too wonder how to engage him at home when he’s not in therapy… I want to learn how to teach him to initiate interaction with his sisters in a more appropriate way than giving them a big shove to say “Let’s play chase!” or laughing wildly while his sister has a loud tantrum.

    BTW, we were rooting for Bo, too, although my very first AI show was only in the middle of this season, about the time Nikko was booted. My mom & aunt have voted for Bo the whole season by hitting redial on their land-line phones during the entire call-in periods (4 hours this week?).

  6. Renae, I don’t know if it is RDI. And, I will admit that I don’t know that much about other programs — other than ABA. I do know that people have been very critical of ABA as far as social learning goes. I don’t know what I think about that. Some of the criticism may be deserved…I just don’t know. How is your son doing, overall? 🙂

  7. Yes, I have heard that complaint about ABA. I asked our provider about it, and she agrees that some of the criticism is deserved, which is why she is interested in seeing how ABA and RDI can interplay in treatment. Our E. is doing well, overall. We are currently transitioning from First Steps to SSD, and have his formal SSD eval next week. I feel like I’m getting an education in how to deal with this all over again… do we want to use SSD and if so to what extent, what are the other options, etc. I’m sure it never ends!

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