Hello everyone! I just found out about this board and am excited to see all of the parents of older Aspeger's children.
Just to introduce myself... I am Katie, mom to Jason, just turned 13 AS, and Ashley 11, and soon-to-be stepmom to Brandon 7, and Aaron 3 (yikes!) Jason was diagnosed with Aspeger's in 2000, two months after I moved to San Diego. My mom, a Special Education Teacher, always knew there was different with him, but never could place her finger on it. When I decided to move to San Diego, from Lincoln, Nebraska, she researched the schools in her area and decided on this particular school (A California Distinguished School) and was pleased to learn that Mr. Grey was the only 1st grade male teacher. Within 2 months, we had our first IEP meeting and it was suggested that we test Jason for Asperger's (Mr. Grey had 3 boys in 3 previous years diagnosed with AS and knew how to teach them effectively). The doctor we went to was well-known for treating children with AS (he was featured in TIME that year for his work with As - what a find!) and was able to diagnose Jason pretty quickly. 2nd grade was difficult for Jason - new mediciation, new friends, adjusting to his differences, but was still included in the GATE testing (Gifted and Talented Education) and we were shocked to learn that he was accepted into the program (the only Special Education and Gifted student in that school EVER). Third grade was the turning point for Jason - he was with other children just like him, and they accepted him no matter what. He became quite active with youth baseball and boy scouts and made alot of new friends. His teacher was the mentor teacher for the district and taught Gifted Ed at UCSD and National University. He still says that she is favorite teacher! She was "lucky" enough to get Ashley in her class a couple years later and then she retired.. hmm coindence?
Middle School was an easy transition for Jason - his first semester was a 3.8 while taking band, boy scouts and soccer. I had more problems with his case manager who felt that she didn't need to include on her list of cases because he was so high functioning... ugh! So here we are close to the end of 7th grade.. a 4.0 this past semester and probably another 4.0 this semester - just returned from a band competition in FL for 4 days (during his birthday) and 2 basektball teams and a soccer team at the same time, and working toward his eagle in boy scouts.. gosh a busy kid! In between -- he has realized girls.. I am not ready for that! He is already talking about which college he would like to attend also - Berkeley and UCLA are a couple of his top choices.
He is also is adjusted pretty well to the addition of my fiance living with us and we still live with my mom (we have been living with her since we moved to San Diego so I could finish my education debtfree - a godsend for sure!)
He is also currently involved with a study at UCSD for children with Autism and will attend Camp I Can this summer (for children with Autism). We particated in the Cure of Autism walk earlier this month and will walk again in June.
I took a class at San Diego State last year (with the help of my mom who was taking classes there to get her special ed certificate) on Issues with Autism and found it while informative on Autism in general, not alot of information on older children with Aspeger's. Found alot of information on my own to share with the class.
Boy... that was a little longer than I hoped.. but as you can tell I am VERY proud of my son. Everyone who is involved with his treatment, education and activities are so impressed by the work my mother and I have done.. I pat myself on the back everyday.. I was very proud, when on Saturday when I was helping with a band competition on Saturday, I learned that a school district employee who works with children with Autism and her daughter goes to Jason's school and attended the FL trip, saw his name on the flight manifest and had to ask the Band teacher who he was. She will be working with him next year to help him transition to high school...
Well..time to close this novel