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  1. I'm very thankful for WTMF community! I'm seeking wisdom from parents of any 2E kids who have experience with this scenario: 1) DS (or DD) homeschooling through high school to college; 2) highly gifted, loves learning, willing to work hard; 3) but is "low energy" (like many Aspie/ASD), needs plenty of down time alone; 4) considering pursuit of admission to top tier STEM colleges; 5) is very capable of the LEVEL of work that requires, but parents have doubts about ability to handle QUANTITY needed to be a competitive applicant; 6) Christian (student and parents). Ultimate goal is to most glorify God and benefit man, by best use of God's gifts. Specifics - DS finishing 10th grade. 11th grade is "make or break" year if he's going to load up on dual-enrollment, AP, etc. Given 3-4 subjects, he could handle all of them at a high level - math, science, writing, reading, foreign language - literally anything. His only time-consuming extracurriculars are Boy Scouts (starting Eagle project this summer), church service and youth group. He's not a kid with a spectacular "hook". Stellar academics and test scores, his ability to write quality essay answers on apps, and just being a good kid that adults really enjoy are his strengths. DS and I had a conversation about "big fish in small pond" at college, garnering more attention, opportunities, professor relationships, etc., vs. being around more resources and people as smart or smarter than himself at a top-flight place. He wants the latter. Dilemma: he will be happier the next 2 years if we don't press his curriculum too hard, meaning no more than 2 DE or AP classes at a time. I think he'll be happier long term (college and career) if we push him beyond his comfort zone for 2 years. He's not lazy, and doesn't have a traditional learning disability (he can read, write, type, etc. quite quickly); he's just inefficient and has a true neurological need for more down time than most. Our counselor believes DS is on the autism spectrum (though no formal diagnosis), but it's a close call. Any experience to share? Wish you had pushed a little more or less? Did he/she land in a college that is/was too easy or too challenging? If you did push, what effect did it have on your home? And one more thing - did you have DS/DD report to Student Services on campus for any "disability" assistance? We're starting to feel like we're obsessing/idolizing these issues. Once 11th grade starts, we won't have much room to course-correct.
  2. We just got my almost 7 year old evaluated and he is on the autism spectrum. I'm so glad to find this out and have a diagnosis! I am wondering how to proceed with the math though. He is very smart and has already memorized all addition facts, subtraction and multiplication facts, he is working on division right now, but I expect by the end of next week they will be mastered too. He doesn't really like manipulatives he just gets numbers and only uses helps like the abacus/cubes if he has to. Up till now we have been using Abeka math he likes how varied it is and the colors, but it is moving too slow for him in some areas like the facts, but in other areas he still needs to learn like time and such. We skipped ahead about 30 lessons and I expect to skip more next week as he picks up new stuff pretty quick and retains it once gone over spiraly a few times times. I tried math mammoth but he DID NOT like those books which is too bad because I really think they would fit his learning style perfectly. He wants more activities but I'm at a loss as how to teach that way with him since he never really likes it because "it takes too long". I tried MEP but again he doesn't like activities because it takes longer, in his mind, even though he says he want more than just books. I've thought about CLE since I hear you can move through it quickly easier? I'm ok with sticking to Abeka too since it does work for him we just have to skip a lot of lessons occasionally. He gets bored with it but he also likes it so we just have to balance things and tweak it. So my question is how do you teach a kid like that? A kid who gets bored and throws a fit if it's too easy, but if it's too hard we have the same problem?
  3. Has anyone out there see, heard of, or used these workbooks? http://www.dyslexiagames.com/ I would love to hear your opinions.
  4. Has anyone out there see, heard of, or used these workbooks? http://www.dyslexiagames.com/ I would love to hear your opinions.
  5. I am so completely livid right now. Chaos had a meltdown of MAMMOTH proportions. After everything calmed down, I figured out the trigger, and it was my fault, not his. Anyway.. I was in the local variety store that I am not fond of visiting (the shopkeeper there is rather dour and rude) to pick up a tote for my math stuff. DS ended up having a really, really big meltdown. Complete with screaming, kicking and was basically losing the plot. When he gets into that mode, he is STRONG. Like I think he could possibly lift a car (well not that strong, but ends up about twice as strong as me) So I had to catch him, and somehow lift him up when he had gone all rigid, and as carefully as I could (he was at that point where hurting himself either by accident or deliberately was a great risk) quickly got him through the aisle and out the door (whilst DH took care of purchasing the stuff). Once I got him out of "ground zero" he calmed a bit and I held him in a strong hug till DH & the other two kids came out, then proceeded to pick him up at a weird angle (he was still tense & resisting) got him down the street, hurt my ankle a bit when he wiggled/tensed whilst I was on the edge of the pavement, and got him into the car, where both DH & I had to hold him firmly, whilst we got him in his seat. As soon as the seatbelt was on, he calmed more and finally broke a smile when I gave him my sunglasses. So all in all, I was thrilled with the fact everything got handled quite efficiently, he didn't get hurt, and that I found the trigger and realized what set it off (its been ages since he had a meltdown in public, and about a year since he's had one anywhere that was that big). I realized he didn't have his "fiddle" and his "hug" (he always needs two things when we go out, something to have in his hand, to fiddle with, and something that makes him "secure" like sunglasses or a soft teddy or big jumper etc) I could of smacked my head realizing I had somehow forgot those things today (it becomes an auto thing for him to grab them, so I haven't had to concentrate really on making sure he has them). So overall I was completely happy. :rant: What I was not happy about was the comments. Really rude comments. I had to listen to two different people on my way out who said stuff that made me almost lose my cool. But I just managed to keep my temper in check, and concentrate on Chaos, and making sure he was okay. When we got back to the car, I found out other than the two people I had to ignore, the shopkeeper was discussing Chaos to another customer in front (and apparently saying some things that DH didn't even want to repeat to me) then when DH was being rung up, the shopkeeper said "he's your boy isn't he?" DH nodded, and she replied with (in, apparently, what was a really snide voice, and DH does not usually pick up that sort of thing from others which means she must of been radiating it) "Normal people do something about that, don't you know?" :cursing: I was > < this close to going back there, and giving her a piece of my mind. Why is it people just think that your being a bad parent? That they automatically assume everything is fine and that your child is just a brat? My two other children were standing there acting a good as gold. I am just so sick of people who have nothing nice to say and know NOTHING about our situation, opening their mouths and letting stuff fly out of it that have no business being said at all. It makes me go through a rainbow of emotions, none of them nice, to have to "overhear" (not that these people are whispering, more like practically shouting it) what they have decided & judged from a two second glimpse into our life. Not to mention the fact my son may overhear those comments! I'm needing to beg for patience & understanding right now, because I lost it all, dealing with those people :sneaky2: Never, EVER going to that shop again either :mad: :sad: I'm a mess right now, I keep hovering in between anger & crying. :crying: Thanks for "listening".
  6. So my boy (age 11) has done well in the public system, but is now ready to come home for more intensive 1-on-1. He has moderate-to-severe autism. It occurred to me yesterday that his needs will be very different from my dd's "typical" needs. He will need some degree of structure (to which this mama says YIKES!) He will need limited distractions (phone being off is fairly typical here anyhow, but I'm thinking of making curtains to separate our dining room area from everything else.) He will need lots of hands-on things, visual things, and a mom who can pull this off! HA! Anything you wish you knew when you first started with a child with ASD? Sensory system is mostly regulated with a snoezelen room in our basement, although I'd love to add a swing! Have you done anything special with your environment to help with smooth sailing? In particular, I'm worried about him understanding that home is where he schools, so I'd like a defined place at least for our 2 cores: math and comprehension. The rest is fun, hands-on and can take place anywhere. I just feel like I'm missing something, that there's some wisdom out there that I need to glean from... Has anyone made a journal which they use to highlight the celebrations and improvements? I can imagine there will be more frequent days of needing to look at the highlights here... what do you include in your journal? How do you have it laid out? (I am picturing writing ANYTHING worth celebrating. For example, today he was thirsty and got a glass and filled it with water all by himself for the very first time!!!) Do you outsource anything? Does your child have a hard time separating your mommy role vs teacher role? I can picture him yelling at me when he doesn't want to do school. Any tips? As you can tell, I'm all over the place here. I feel like a bee gathering all the info I can. I'm excited, but really want to start on the right foot. Any words of wisdom are greatly appreciated!
  7. With 1 in 88 kids in America being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have to wonder what’s going to happen in the future when these kids grow up and outlive their parents. I’m curious about what other people across the county think about this issue. What are other people hoping for the future? My hope would be that we start building multi-level care facilities where there would be a super-attractive independent living option. An adult with ASD could have his/her own apartment, but perhaps get help with driving, laundry, etc. I wrote a column in support of this idea, in our local newspaper. It got retitled, so please don’t think that I’m implying that people with Asperger’s Syndrome are suffering! I wrote every word with good intentions, but I bet there are a thousand ways I could be misinterpreted. :bigear: What are you hoping for?
  8. i just need to get this all out and i dont have anywhere or anyone to talk to so here we go. my son will be 3 in 2 months. we always thought something was off with him, and he's non verbal. we had him evaluated for ST. yeah they suggested we get him evaluated for ABA, and get him seen by a developmental ped. for a assesment. so basically we have found so far he has no receptive language at all. i thought he was understanding but he doesn't. he knows his name. he doesn't even understand mama and dada. he use to say 4 words but regressed this past year to no words just grunting and pointing. so i researched autism and i think my heart fell because he had tons of red flag symptoms that i didnt even know to look for.i wont bore you with a big list but he had way more than the required amount of symptoms to get a autism dx. we took him to the family doctor and she referred him to the pediatrician. but because we live in ontario canada this stuff takes time. so basically i have to wait to get an appointment which could take months and then they will refer me to a developmental ped which in the end could take me 1-2yr to get a dx. then i found out to get him ABA therapy which is covered by ohip(goverment healthcare) the waiting list in my area is 1yr after u have a dx, and then they will give him 6 months of therapy. after that i have to put him back on the bottom of the list and do the process all over again. and i feel like he is getting worse and we can't wait possibly 2yrs for help. DH got a 2nd job so we can try to save for therapy because right now we can't afford it(it would cost $900 a month) so its just really stressful. i want to cry , i want to scream and i am feel angry at the system right now. we are getting materials to try to do some ABA stuff at home and i am looking into possibly getting the PECS manual to try to maybe get him started in awhile and just reading , and more reading. i had plans to start homeschooling him at 4 for jk but it clear he won't be ready. i am just lost and i feel stressed out and semi- depressed i really don't know what to do or what i should do. i'm not asking for anything specific. i just needed someplace to come and have someone understand.
  9. because they make him aggressive. I had pulled them (and some of his favorite foods) from his diet - but we have FINALLY gotten an appointment with the child dev center. would it be wrong of me to feed him some of his favorite foods, that just so happen to also make him aggressive? or take away his supplements that calm him and help him focus? it would be for three weeks while he's testing. I figure if I can live with it, and not worry too much about how much school we get done during those three weeks, maybe he will actually get deficient areas identified. I called, left a message and reminded them, and they called back and said "can you come in monday?" (they had a cancellation - otherwise it was end nov/into dec. we've only been in process since APRIL) uh, okay we can do that. and the next monday - uh, I have jury duty. we will figure this out. dh and 1dd can take turns. not like they will be in the room with him anyway. and the monday after that . . . (then on tuesday and wednesday the elementary school tests him.) Although my ped, an OT, and another provider have said he's SPD, I have been brushed off by other professionals (except the dev od who actually SAW him meltdown - who stated "That is NOT normal. Get him checked out"). And the school's special needs coordinator (who goes to our church and had taught 1st grade for 20 years) who took time to watch him in a classroom for 110 minutes and said - looks like HFASD to me. Even with the supplements, and no nitrates he has issues - but I'm paranoid of things not being identified. so, should I or shouldn't I?
  10. First of all, thanks for the recommendations here for "Temple Grandin"! I put it in our Amazon cart when we first heard about it, but we have been waiting for the price to come down from a nosebleed level before purchasing. We got it this week and watched it as a family last night. What an awesome woman and an awesome movie! Immediately after the movie ended DS13 asked, in front of his siblings, "Do you think I might be autistic?" Our reply: "Yes, we think you have a very mild form of autism." Although we have long thought that DS13 was on the far end of the autism spectrum, we have never discussed it with him. Rightly or wrongly, we decided that we did not want to give him any excuse for inappropriate behavior. After that first question, we had a very good discussion about the topic with all of the children. Interestingly, all but one of the other children started chiming in with "Don't you think I might also be autistic?" :001_smile: "No, we don't think so." At the end of the discussion I asked DS13 how he felt about this new revelation. "I feel great!" "I'm special, but not less!" He was literally beaming! What a great way to introduce autism to our children! None of them have a negative image of it and hopefully they will be sensitive to people with ASD that they meet in the future.
  11. I think we are finally convinced that our 5-yr. old son may be on the autism spectrum. We have not gone for a diagnosis or anything yet but I'm scared they will tell me I need to enroll him in FT public school for therapy. I've been committed to homeschooling since he was 18 months old. We just formally started this year and he is doing fine at home. Following the Well-Trained Mind recommendations, he has learned reading and writing. If he needs therapy, of course free is wonderful but obviously there are numerous drawbacks to the PS system and that's why we don't want our kids there. I also think the one-on-one method homeschooling provides keeps his attention much better than a public school would. Does a child with autism HAVE to be in PS? Are there families here who HS their child with autism? Please help, I'm a total newbie. :grouphug:
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