Back to School

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Back to School
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 4:03pm

Has your child started back to school yet?  If so, how has it been going.  If you still have a couple of weeks, are you doing anything to prepare them for the transition?

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Registered: 01-28-2008
Wed, 08-22-2012 - 9:30am

Hello! My son was diagnosed with Asperger's on the 3rd and then started Kindergarten on the 7th. He wanted to go to school at first. Now he isn't that thrilled about it. He is getting in trouble every day for (in my opinion) nit picky stuff. He used several colors to trace his words instead of using black. He also had to redo work for not cutting and pasting the "A" words. Instead he drew lines to the boxes where they go, drew the apple, ant, and alligator in the boxes, and also put an X threw the net and a check by the other three. I've informed the school he has Asperger's, but they are not going to do anything to help him until we get the full evaluation back. It is just so frusterating. They have also taken him away from the table with the other kids and stuck him in a desk by himself. The teacher complains to me that he doesn't follow directions and they are constantly having to tell him to get to work. I've tried to tell her that he already knows all this and is bored. I'm almost to the point of saying to heck with it and homeschooling, but I want him to be able to get the social interaction of other kids. Ugh. Sorry for the rant. Any advice I could get would be greatly appreciated.

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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 2:53pm

How frustrating for the both of you!  I would probably request a meeting with the teacher and principal, along with any necessary support staff, to talk over how he's doing.  You've told them that he is Asperger's, I can understand that there isn't much they can do without the full evaluation, but that doesn't mean they should just ignore it and complain about his behavior.   It seems a bit off that they are being this critical about his work, being that it is only a few weeks into kindergarten.  Following directions is something they'll be working on all year, so I'm not sure why they are so concerned about it this early into the year. 

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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 11:40am

That is how it was for my oldest child.  I'm glad I took her out and homeschooled her.  She thrived at home academically.  She graduated at 16.  At school everything was a constant struggle and fight.  She never worked up to her potential.  Now with my youngest boys school is a world of difference.  They have an awesome autism support teacher that makes school do-able for them.  If we did not have that, I would definitely be homeschooling them too.  You can figure out a way to teach social skills without having them in a room full of kids that don't really know how to socialize yet either.  Finding a homeschool group helps, but finding an autism support group helps more.  Then they can be themselves around a group of people who understand, and adults who know how to help them learn the social skills they need.