It takes a village to raise a child
The next step for me was to work in the homes of children with autism. As an In Home Clinician I would develop schedules for the kids, work on life skill goals such as eating at the table, using the bathroom, cleaning up after finishing a task and so on, but every time I would return to the home, the same story was told. The child would be eating on the couch, or have a chair pushed up to the cupboards helping himself to whatever snack he desired. No matter the effort I put in when I was with the child, the progress was minimal. These strategies needed to be taught to the parents so they could follow through with it at home as well. I couldn’t succeed with him on my own. It takes a village to raise a child.