“An Autism Life Coach is an excellent resource for families regarding therapies, treatments, providers, assistance, early intervention, behavior support, schools, childcare, respite care and organizations in your community,” said Michael Trunko, co-founder of AutismLifeCoaches.com. “They’re also a wealth of information regarding funding sources, research, assistive technology, adaptive equipment, events and more.”
Trunko is a single parent with six children. His 10-year-old son has Autism and his 12-year-old daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is high-functioning Autism.
Autism Life Coaches can help families manage holiday gatherings more easily and with less stress; work with a child and family to identify and set goals, and create positive plans to reach these goals; be effective in getting a child to try new activities, learn new things and build skills. They can help children with transitions, from small daily ones like getting on the school bus to big transitions, such as starting a new school or moving into a new home. They can help parents establish routines, become more organized, and seek out other available resources.
Autism Life Coaches are not counselors, but more like an extension of the family. They provide guidance and support, based on their personal experience, knowledge, training and education. They do not diagnose medical conditions, treat mental disorders, or give medical advice.
“All parents have challenges and concerns, but parents raising a child with special needs have different challenges, and usually need more help,” Trunko said. “They often feel overwhelmed, stressed, alone, and that they have no place to turn to for help and no one to talk to. We want them to know they’re not alone.”
Autism Life Coaches are a positive solution for many of the unique challenges and concerns that parents, children and families are facing.
“Autism Life Coaches should be as readily available to families as therapists, but we can’t do it without your help,” Trunko said. “Please visit our indiegogo campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/
The goal of AutismLifeCoaches.com is to have Autism Life Coaches in every. For more information, visit AutismLifeCoaches.com.