16 year old w/PDD
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|Thu, 09-11-2003 - 3:51pm|
Just wanted to share a little bit about my life with my ds, Peter. He was diagnosed with PDD when he was 8, in his case it's the equivalent of mild Autism. He did okay in Catholic school till he hit the 5th grade, his behavior in school went downhill from there. However, in the latter part of his 6th grade year the San Diego school district placed him in school for high functioning kids with special needs. He has done well there. He has had problems in the past of staying in the classroom and wandering the halls, but this year, his junior year in highschool, by George I think he's finally got it! His teacher says that Peter started out this year very well. In the past the first 2 weeks of school, because my son HATES change, he has acted up and not stayed in the classsroom. I'm just pleased as punch that he's complying this year with his teachers.
Peter does stim when he gets excited about something, he bends his arms and moves them up and down and also does the different movements with his hands. He will be 17 in Dec. and I am so hesistant to move forward and help him get his Driver's License, San Diego is a crazy place to drive, the traffic is about as bad as LA almost. Does anybody have any experience or suggestions regarding helping my son to be a careful and responsible driver? He is a "young" minded 16 year old. His Psychiatrist has told me that the only way we'd know if Peter could drive or not, would be to just give him a chance, have him go to driving school. However, what if something happens, ugh.. I have Adult ADD and have a hard time driving in this town, let alone Autism. I worry about my son getting stopped by a policeman or woman. Answering questions and looking someone straight in the eyes is still hard for my son, he tend to react when he feels cornered, I have talked to Pete about this face-to-face. One mom told me that a cop here in S.D. hit her son because he was throwing aluminum cans near the officer and didn't understand that the young man had Autism, what a jackass policeman.. Anyhow, I won't go on and on. Any suggestions on dealing with the driving issue would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for listening :-) Lorie