Featured Advocate: Michelle from John Obie Independent Academy 9/24

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del97Michelle: I have been homeschooling my son for three years. He has severe autism, non-verbal, Epilepsy, OCD and SPD. I advocate for my son and his needs on a daily basis. I completed the Partners in Policy Making class in the year 2010 that helped me with my advocacy skills. I was a co-partner in a Autism support group for 3 years. My son JP is in the process of hopefully getting a diagnosis for his rare form of Epilepsy.
JP’s page (JOIA) gives short snip its of his daily life and what he goes through daily. I also show short videos of his school life and his daily life skills etc. so others may learn from our experiences. My other page is my business page. I opened this page just this past February with the gentle push of our son’s nutritionist at his neurologists office. She found JP’s appetite wonderfully progressive compared to others on the sensory processing disorder/ autism level and wanted to know how I did this for JP. I proceeded to tell our story and she was truly speechless.
It was her gentle persistence of telling me I would help so many other parents going through their child’s limited appetites if I were to open this business. I did and as to date I am happy to say that I have helped quite a few families and professionals with their child’s / clients limited appetites. 
John Obie Independent Academy
John Obie Independent Academy is my son JP’s homeschool, named after his late paw paw John Obie B.

JP is 13 years old. He has severe autism, Epilepsy, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), tics and he is non-verbal. He will be in the 5th grade this year. I decided to do a blog on JP’s journey that will include his school days, seizures, advocacy, medications, medical equipment etc. Mostly if it has to do with JP in anyway I’ll post it.

I am married, have two children, homeschool JP
I am a Food Consultant helping children with limited appetites over at Appetite Solutions

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