Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Our Middle School Experience: So far, so good!

It’s been almost two months in middle school and our son seems to be happy! He is in a non-public school which operates in cooperation with a MDUSD public middle school. He is mainstreamed in all but two subjects and will soon be mainstreamed entirely with support.

As parents, we are grateful to have the support that is especially important in the adolescent years. For a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, socialization is very difficult. We are hoping that the program that he is in will provide the much needed help with these skills. He is a very sensitive child and is very much aware of his challenges. It is often heartbreaking.

The staff is supportive and encouraging. When he goes to school, I know that if he has a problem, they will work with him to resolve it. The teachers and administrators at the public school have worked well with the program staff.

Our son identifies with the school and enjoys the many activities that it provides. So far, he hasn't experienced any teasing or bullying that he has previously encountered. I feel comfortable allowing him to participate in after school activities because there are competent staff members present. He is excited to have some independence from his parents!

We will be having our first IEP soon and are confident that it will go well. Although we did not think we would get through this transition from elementary school to middle school because of the miscommunication that we encountered last year, we have grown to trust our program specialist, support staff and school administrators. They corrected the mishaps and insured a smooth start for our son. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this will continue to be a positive experience!
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