Red Circle Rainbow was started in 2008 by a mom of twins with autism.
My name is Carol Jimenez. I started Red Circle Rainbow in 2008. At the same time, I began working at an integrated, special needs, public school, specializing in the creation of visual communication supports and parent training, where I literally received hundreds of hours of on the job training in all areas of early special education. So began my passion for the use of visual communication supports for all children with communication challenges. I was then recruited as a presenter at the "More Than Words" parent training program.
Today, I am an Ability Awareness advocate, private consultant and trainer for families, parent training groups and schools. I write about and speak from my own parenting and education experience, and the influence of the many other children and families I've had the privilege to work with.
Thankfully, a lot has changed in the autism community since our family was first diagnosed ten years ago. However, resources can still be hard to find and temporary. I keep my ear to the ground for any resources available in our area.
The variety of services for children with special needs, and particularly ASD increases daily. Everyone seems to know what you should do. But what is real and what is quackery? It can be hard to tell, with everyone claiming success using - from acupuncture therapy to, well, the list is just too long to list. Desperate parents equals opportunities for the unscrupulous. Some providers may not be unscrupulous, but promote unproven methods. You will need to educate yourself before investing your time and money.
I've spent ten years sorting through the anecdotal and the science. I won't address each and every therapy out there, but I include resources on this website that have the scientific community's support, and that I can confidently recommend to others.
We want all of our children to reach their full potential, regardless of ability.
If you have a comment, or information to share, please don't hesitate to contact me using the Contact page.
Carol Jimenez, Recipient, NCCSE 2017 Collaborative Parent Award
Founder Red Circle Rainbow
In addition to being the mom of two special needs boys, Carol spent three years working at a public school, where she created visuals for educators and parents, as well as conducting classroom and in-home parent training.
Carol actively seeks out and engages in ongoing training and self-education related to teaching and parenting children with autism and other developmental disabilities presenting with learning and communication challenges.
Carol’s visuals are used as examples in the “More Than Words®” parent training program in San Diego, CA, where Carol is a presenter.