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Registered: 04-13-2007
Sat, 05-03-2014 - 6:21pm

I appreaciate all the input and comments. It is challenge, with not all the desired optioins available when they are need but we as parents do the best we can. Cause that is all we can do.

Happy Mother's day to all the amazing mothers out there. Smile

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Registered: 05-07-2014


You may want to search out some activities for him such as a Karate class, baseball program, swim program, special olympics.  Also, if he has an IEP, ask for social skills classes.  Are there some clubs/groups on campus that he could participate in?  Maybe ask for them to help his involvement.  Its a tough age as most of the boys are playing sports at that age group and there are not as many organizaed play groups anymore.  Maybe check into an autsim support group in your area that has playgroups.  There are some churches that offer programs for kids with disabilities.  What about a summer camp?   There are summer camps for kids with disabilities.  It may help give him the skills wtihout your own concerns getting in the way.  There are usually local camps as well as sleep away camps.  The school should be helping with socialization skills so maybe they have some ideas. Boy Scouts is another option.  They will sometimes have groups that are for disabled kids and my typical son had autistic kids in his troup.  Around 10, the boys start to take more responsibility in the troop and there is less parent involvement.  My younger son plays Challenger baseball, they have buddies and play through the local little league one day a week in he spring.  Also, my younger son with disabilities goes to the aftercare program at school so he gets a lot of typical interaction there.  Maybe looking into a Big Brother/Big Sister program, that would maybe have a mentor.  If he has an area of interest maybe going in that direction.  Even hiring a teen babysitter a couple times a week or month to maybe take him out to the park may help.  Care.com lists babysitters and there is an area for special needs caregivers. 

Good luck!