ok I have a question...you (winnie) say that you have noticed many parents who discontinue educational therapy...where is it that you have noticed these things, who were these parents you speak of? These are not meant to be nasty questions I really want to know.
Your question may risk provoking another series of emotional posts, but I'll use two examples, only because these individuals have already posted on this thread (there is no judgement involved here, only responding to the question).
As far as delaying or withholding educational methods, Srinath posted this earlier on another thread:
BTW I am in line for the ABA school, only I will have done 1 year of chelation on him by that time. Just getting to all aspects but the order has been dictated by circumstances. I am in a position to exactly point out what is the result of chelation and what is therapy. Since we are waiting for everything at this point where it comes to therapy ...
From Crystal's news coverage posted on this site (DAN article):
One year ago, Kevin and Crystal Worley were at the point where speech and occupational therapy were resulting in only minimal behavioral improvements in their autistic son, Sasha.
A speech evaluation at the same time put Sasha on a zero- to one-month-old language level. At that point he qualified for government-funded Early Intervention services. After they saw no virtual progress with speech therapy, they sought out a diagnosis-and at 23 months, it came back as Autism.
Crystal's comments made me wonder how much intervention her son had received in the Early Intervention program, as frequently EI provides very little and often it is of a very poor quality...and I wondered if this might give parents the idea that traditional therapies are not effective (it was a news article). There is another whole realm of information regarding effectiveness and frequency of educational interventions.
I know that biomed isn't going to magically bring back all those years of learning. I know that only traditional therapies ie: speech therapy, occupational therapy, and in our case ABA as it works so well with Matthew...will be the things that help him to "catch up" to his peers.
I agree, but I am not sure that all parents would. I think this is one of the reasons that hammering out a clearer concept of "recovery" would be useful.