Does anyone in ct know of a school that has a program for aspergers syndrome? our child has been diagnosed and is struggling terrribly with the social aspects of school. He is highly functioning and therefore has not been diagnosed until now in the middle school. Please let us know anything you may know about any programs. thank you
My son has also been referred to as having Asperger's syndrome, although his father and I believe that he demonstrates more traits of hyperlexia than aspergers. Regardless of if it is asperger's, hyperlexia, or high functioning autism, we do know alot about all subjects. Our son is 5 and we have had him enrolled in a public school for the past year. We have worked closely with a speech therapist, occupational therapist, and special ed teacher to devise a program for him that encorporates accomodations for his disorder in his daily school life. Yes, our son too has difficulty with social interaction. It may be easier for us since we can sit down with him and role play, or write social stories, or even set up play dates, but I do know that there are centers that have social skills group therapies, there are videos that you and your husband can buy to devise your own program at home (try the hyperlexia association web page at www.hyperlexia.org), and there are parent forums. There is a parent forum specifically for parents of children with asperger's syndrome. I am a middle school teacher, and I have set up mentore or buddy systems for kids who have a difficult time in the past. There is a wonderful book out there called The Oasis Guide to Asperger's Syndrome that might have some ideas. If I can be of more help, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do you live? And how old is your son? I have a 13 year old with Aspergers and I feel he is fairly high functioning. We have done several things with him and his social problems. There are a few things you could do depending where you are. Talk to the school and get an IEP (individual education plan) for him. Check your area for Social Skills groups. Check for schools that promote AS support. We have had good results with some natural supplements suggested to us by our naturalpath - if you're into that.
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