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|Fri, 08-22-2003 - 9:30am|
Liam is still in the evaluation process. But based on the feedback I'm getting from the PhD, there is a good chance he will not get a spectrum Dx. She seems to be thinking his issues are related to his CAPD, ADD, and SID Dx's. I'm working on sound integration therapies, doing Fastforword, and getting him musicians ear plugs. We also do strattera and OT. This goes along with his reading tutoring. So, I'm trying to give him every tool I can to learn to function by building up his strengths and strengthening his weaknesses while catering to his learning style. His private Catholic school is doing an unbelievable job of meeting his needs.
Here comes the "but"! I am concerned about his social issues. He has one best friend, who I suspect is "developing" past him. Because Liam can't really function in a group, and he has a very slow processing time, he just doesn't keep up with other kids if there are more then three or four of them. Also, because it is so uncomfortable, due to the noise, he disses a group, and plays alone. I think he would love and benefit from a social skills class. However, because TEACCH offers social skills training, it isn't offered by our school system. But TEACCH only offers it to kids on the spectrum :-( And, TEACCH only offers it in the summer. In September, I will be doing the IEP with the public school. I want to get them to offer a social skills group or training to my son. As long as they do it first thing in the morning or at the end of the day (hopefully), I have no problem getting him there. The schools are like 3 min. apart.
My question to y'all is, what are the specifics of a successful social skills class/group? And, if they just won't do it, can I do it myself? Any advice on a good model would be appreciated.
My "plan B" is to go to his current school and see if I can get one going there as a club. We live in the south, so I run the risk of them getting it confused with "social".
My "plan C" is to see if, under the circumstances, I can get him into the TEACCH one. Have any of you ever done the TEACCH one and had a non spectrum kid in it? I think it would be both good for Liam and for the other kids. Keeping in mind, he is not, not, not an NT type kid.
Please tell me what you think!