Okay, my last post sounded like the publisher had slipped me a little cash, but it was truly how I was feeling at the time. By the time I finished it, I was a bit disappointed there was no mention of valid non-ABA approaches, such as floortime and RDI. Although I should check the publication date, because I don't know what form they were in when she was writing.
I think I'm still in the "Somebody please tell me what to do" post-diagnosis flailing stage. I can see how people start plunking down a lot of money to consultants and doctors, because you feel like you need to do something FAST. When I read about DAN doctors, part of me thought, we've got to see one of those. When I read about RDI, I wanted to sign up (still true). The ABA thing I go back and forth on. Initially I was absolutely not interested, but now that I've been trying my own thing for almost a year, I wonder at times if it could be good for B. Not thirty hours a week, but maybe some kind of ABA-lite.
I'm trying (once again) to take a deep breath and look at the big picture. When I first figured out we were "on the spectrum", I knew the kind of approach I felt comfortable with. I started doing what I thought was best, basically some sensory integration, PECS symbols all around, sign language, and lots and lots of interaction. I still believe in what I'm doing, the root of my doubts is that I think B. needs more.
We are starting our private OT and speech in the next few months, and I think that might help me see which direction to head in. I've met the OT twice, and have a good feeling about her.
In any case, I still think that "Let Me Hear Your Voice" was a good read, as long as you also read a lot of other books along with it (and what parent of an autistic child doesn't?) Deep down I'm still a touchy-feely, floortme, RDI type parent who's trying to keep an open mind.