In this episode, we discuss raising twins, one neurotypical and one with autism. Cecily White-Cooper’s son was diagnosed with autism at age 4. However, she noticed around age 18mo that he was having delays, and he received services through early intervention early on. He was able to receive speech therapy, occupational therapy, and psychotherapy. He tried applied behavioral analysis, but the family was not able to do 10-15 hours of therapy per week outside of school, and doing one hour per week was not useful, so they discontinued ABA. She noted that her son continues to do speech therapy. She makes sure her son gets the therapies that he needs, but she also makes sure she and her family don’t “eat, live, and breathe autism.”
Her son is in the public school system in an autism program. However, both children go to different schools. Cecily noted that she doesn’t feel he is getting a stellar education in his current school placement, but that homeschooling is not currently an option. However, she works hard with him at home on his schoolwork to compensate. Her son requires more assistance and routines than his twin sister does. Both twins are helpful around the house, but Cecily has to repeat herself a few times with her son before he helps out.
His twin sister initiates play with Cecily’s son, as he tends not to initiate play. She stated that he is not overly social currently, but he doesn’t appear upset by that. She and her children can go most places together, but he prefers not to go to malls. She does special trips with each child. She noted that her twins act like typically siblings, being sneaky, and fussing at each other at times. They tend to bond over their shared birthday. Her son doesn’t have a lot of public meltdowns. However, he does like to touch the hair of other people. For her self-care routine, she listens to podcasts, watches youtube, meditates, listens to sermons, goes to spas, gets her nails done, and exercises.
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