My son was out of the box too. He has a delay called sensory integration disorder. How does your son do with leaning? There is something called a 504 Plan that might be good for your son that would allow accommodations to help him be more successful at school. My son gets extra time on tests, seating on the periphery of the room, movement breaks. You can have him evaluated for autism spectrum but look into sensory integration disorder as well. Let me know how he is doing!
Hi there. Happy new year. How is it going? Definitely fill out the paper work. And getting a 504 in place now will save your son. Each year that passes into the school years, that 504 education plan becomes harder to obtain. Which is a shame but the reality of school systems. If you have the support of your principal to get this done for your son, DO IT for sure. Your son is a differentiated learner with his diagnosis and deserves accommodations and support. :)
How did the holidays go with him? That can be a tricky time with out of the box kids.
I just wanted to see how things are going for you and your son?
Personally if you feel like you are doing enough as a parent I trust you. It not easy raising an autistic child and can be overwhelming. Ask yourself is this school proving me with the love and understand that I need? is this the right school for my ASD (autism) chid. I think the school needs some kind of responbility.
My son was exactly the same way. He had an IEP and was in the regular classroom with his peers but was taken out for special ed class for reading. He hated reading and couldn't comprehend what he read. I took him out of his school when he was in 6th grade and put him in Montessori and it was the best thing I could have done. They know how to teach kids that learn in a different way. He was able to do things he enjoyed and didn't have the pressure put on him to keep up with his peers. He never liked school and never had friends until he changed schools. The new kids didn't know him as the problem child that spent every day in the office and would talk to him. I never thought he would like school or have friends but he had both. His IEP gave him different requirements to graduate so you'll want that or a 504. There are many things the school can do to help your son. Make sure to talk to his Spec Ed teacher if he's having problems and keep the line of communication open. She's your best resource at the school. Every year I would contact his new teachers and update them on my son and how he learned best, tell them my son's strengths and weakness. Don't assume the information gets passed on because mine never did and he'll get behind. They won't see him falling behind until he's overwhelmed with the amount of work he has to turn in or hasn't turned in (it might be completed but crumpled under the bed).
The most important thing you can do right now is plan for his future. Teach him how to cook and do laundry, shop for groceries and manage his money. Start slow so he isn't overwhelmed. I wish I started sooner. Teens were the roughest age for me. I filled in numerous holes in my walls where he punched it in anger (testosterone). Thank goodness for 20. I wish you the best of luck and post an update :)