Hi! Ages ago I used to spend more time on the Special Needs Board, but we eventually just got to the point that autism was just kind of normal for DS, so my focus was more on homeschooling and just managing the crazy-busy years with three teenagers. I used to be the mom that stayed up all night reading everything about autism and all the biomedical stuff, but it's been so long since I've even thought about it all that when someone asks me to help their friend whose young child has been diagnosed I have no idea what to tell them anymore. I noticed in one of the other threads that ABA/VB is still a thing, so I guess I'm not completely out of the loop.
But now a couple of things are forcing me to re-educate myself. First, my son is finally taking an interest in autism. We never really talked about it until this year. Starting this week he will do some reading about autism (I'm going to include it as part of his health credit). I have the following books: Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) and The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social Rules. Does anyone have other suggestions? I thought maybe adding the first few chapters of the RDI book too. The first book seems to be written for a younger audience, but I don't think he'll mind too much. It was hard to find something not addressed to the parent.
Second, next year is DS's senior year and he turns 18 this summer. He wants to go to college, but he is not ready. My thought is that we will start with a couple of community college classes and see how that goes. I honestly don't know what to expect. He's been in the Challenge program of Classical Conversations for 3 years now and it's been tough. He's a strong reader, probably average in math (finishing up MUS Alg.II), loves history, struggles with writing and debate. The community college we would send him to has a good reputation of working with ASD students, so I will plan to meet with them in the coming months. But I'm wondering if we need to have DS evaluated again. He was diagnosed at age 2 with moderate/severe autism and was mostly nonverbal at that time. A lot has changed since then! Will the community college require a more recent evaluation for him to receive accommodations? Anyone have experience with this?
Thanks for any advice you can give. I'm feeling a little bit like a rookie again.