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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: SAMPLE Strengths & Needs for IEP... and School Safety Pl

Posted: 15 Aug 2017, 8:40 am 

Replies: 100
Views: 454,253


Here's the thing: it took forever to get my son diagnosed with AS, and significantly longer for me to get a diagnosis of "sub-clinical autism." However, those diagnoses enabled us to get the supports we needed - or at least to frame our needs appropriately. (And I was bullied in school, to...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Daughter in Crisis-Don't know where to turn for help

Posted: 20 Mar 2017, 8:47 am 

Replies: 66
Views: 4,033


Ugh, so sorry that this took forever to figure out, but so glad she's on the road to recovery! Hugs, Mama!

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Police encounter

 Post subject: Re: Police encounter
Posted: 29 Sep 2016, 6:41 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 844


Adamantium, are your children of African descent? (IIRC that's not the case, or am I misremembering?) I think much of the police issues are directed not at kids of color in general but towards African-Americans in particular. I have a close relationship with our police department, and in fact my son...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: 10 ways to help your autistic child

Posted: 29 Sep 2016, 6:31 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 24,416


I love this thread and try to bump it every so often. I started following SuperTrooper in other places, she's wonderful.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: 10 ways to help your autistic child

Posted: 28 Sep 2016, 4:37 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 24,416


Not everyone in the autism community agrees with "person-first" language. I, for instance, prefer to think of myself as an "autistic person," as, obviously, does the original poster who labels herself that way. Many of us who post in this forum are on the spectrum ourselves as we...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Help with a repairing/bullying problem

Posted: 14 Sep 2016, 7:53 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,165


It really is - I had the same experience with Zoloft and Cymbalta as you. That said, his current doctor increased his dose, and he's like a new person. I don't know, it's hard. We are working hard to help him see that his "friends" are jerks (his first full day back to school, he found one...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Help with a repairing/bullying problem

Posted: 06 Sep 2016, 5:46 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,165


I was thinking of helping my son repair his part of the conflict; at this point none of us care what happens with the other boys. It's moot anyway.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Help with a repairing/bullying problem

Posted: 03 Sep 2016, 1:17 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,165


If your son got a dramatic lesson in how bad it can get if he crosses the line, hopefully, he'll pay more attention to where that line is drawn. And he's getting a higher level of support, too. Really good. It just goes to show that you never know in what clothing the Calvary will come. This is the...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Help with a repairing/bullying problem

Posted: 27 Aug 2016, 6:22 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,165


Well, we have had a weird time since last I posted - kind of bridges two threads. Girls have discovered DS. Unfortunately, even though he's totally open about his diagnosis...they don't quite get it, which is both good and bad. So, unbeknownst to me, during this whole mess with his male friends, whi...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: 7 year old son obsession with tide pod

Posted: 23 Aug 2016, 1:02 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,143


Fortunately, I think there are lots of things! Hard to say if it is the softness of the gelatin-packet coating or if it is the squashing-around liquid. Another thing to try if the stress toy link doesn't do it - teething packs and ice packs for little kids that are gel-filled. There are water-filled...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: My 17 yr old with autism is cyber stalking girls

Posted: 23 Aug 2016, 12:41 pm 

Replies: 61
Views: 4,712


UGH! I am so sorry that I didn't think of this first! Yes, the school is required to provide services - see the link below. (The ugh is that this should be stuff your local school district is telling you about!! !) From http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,dynamic,TopicalBrief,17, The purposes of...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: My 17 yr old with autism is cyber stalking girls

Posted: 23 Aug 2016, 10:50 am 

Replies: 61
Views: 4,712


FYI, school refusal is the school's problem and should be in his IEP - and if they can't get him to go to school, they have to offer tutoring hours to make up for the school he's missed, so you should be getting help during the day. You can't possibly manage all this yourself - do you have a SPED ad...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: I need of help and explanation

Posted: 23 Aug 2016, 7:49 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 748


May I ask - what is your goal in asking this question? It seems, from the way that you are writing, like you don't want to think of yourself as autistic. It is impossible for anyone, especially lay people, to diagnose a stranger over the internet. We really can't answer that question for you - if yo...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: My Son’s Future

 Post subject: Re: My Son’s Future
Posted: 23 Aug 2016, 7:33 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 852


I'd recommend doing some research on special education - there's a sticky at the top of this board. A couple of things to know: don't do anything verbally - or if you have a conversation, follow up with an email or note in writing containing the content of the conversation "to confirm." Yo...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: My 17 yr old with autism is cyber stalking girls

Posted: 23 Aug 2016, 12:46 am 

Replies: 61
Views: 4,712


Thanks so much for your feedback. He's on a low dose of Zoloft - 50mg. He started on 25mg and that seemed to work beautifully but they upped it to 50mg. It's below a therapeutic dose for non-autistic folks. Could Zoloft be part of the problem without you realizing it? My son is on Zoloft, and we've...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Help with a repairing/bullying problem

Posted: 23 Aug 2016, 12:29 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,165


I talked to my husband, who was - bless him - not really any help at all, just as confused as I, and a couple other Moms. I finally decided to just lay low and see how he does, and also see if this is going to escalate. I was really proud of him; he was really freaked out by the first day of school,...
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