Hi - I'm Larie and my 5 1/2 year old son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 3. He has been in therapy since he was 18 months because of lack of speech. We then discovered Sensory Integration issues and finally the ASD diagnosis was also due to social/emotional development.
I'm pretty familiar with ASD since it also affects my nephew (has Asperger's) and I have another nephew with developmental issues.
My son (Ryan) has been in spec ed pre-k through public school system for the last 3 years. He has been in an inclusive program for the past 1 1/2 years (1/2 typical kids, 1/2 kids with special needs).
He is transitioning to a new school for mainstream kindergarten in the fall. IEP meeting is Monday (kind of was sprung on me).
Ryan has tested with average to above average IQ and academics. However, emotionally and socially he is probably 3 1/2 or 4 years old. KWIM? My challenge is getting the school system to recognize his intelligence and his special needs at the same time. He is learning how to read and spell but he can't answer simple comprehension questions. Concepts are tough too.
Does anyone else have similar experience with the public school system? I'm trying to figure out what services I should expect. They want to mainstream him (so do I but with support) but only want to give him 2 hours a week of special education instruction (we have full-day Kindergarten 30 a week!) What are everyone else experiences? They do have his 'code' as autism.
Thanks in advance for your input!