Have you ever found yourself thinking about mainstreaming your autistic child? Is it the right thing to do? Will they be okay?
While every child, parent, family, and situation is different, I want to share my experience.
My 14 year old Emmett, is on the show to talk about his experience being mainstreamed this year. We talk about the pros and cons for him personally. Emmett also has advice for parents facing this decision.
I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it.
Emmett is 14 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He was nonverbal until 4 or 5, and battled a rare fever disorder for most of his life. He’s currently starting his freshmen year at a mainstream high school and doing amazingly well. Emmett loves everything about science, math, and Funko-Pops.
Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys as well as Found and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, digital marketer, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade.
Connect with Rob Gorski: https://listen.theautismdad.com
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