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  1. M Hello, I'm new to all of this. I'm a mom to an incredible 6y/o and 3 y/o Aspies. My 6 y/o (my son) started out at public school. We had been promised the world, but given nothing. To make a long story short, we finally (through a nasty legal battle) were able to free him from the Public School. The first month or so was a battle to break him free from his autistic shell that the school that left him with (his teacher was a sadistic freak who bullied him mercilessly). Once he started to become himself again, I started trying different curriculum.* I know my son has unmedicated AD/HD, sensory issues, and little to no auditory abilities. So, since he is constantly on the go, I tried a whole hands-on learning curriculum from Learning Resources. When that failed, I tried Time4learning, apps on an IPad, multi-media unit studies on his "special interest," lap books, and the classical school method of text books and workbooks. Nothing works with my son. (By the way, we did attempt to medicate his AD/HD. Unfortunately, he stopped eating altogether, and had a horrible attitude while on it. We did try several different ad/hd meds, but all of them had the same results.) I love my boy. He is smart and very interesting (i.e. when I find the sunshine in his rants that go *on and on and on about his special interest for hours). He can't pay attention worth a darn. He is not just a reluctant learner, he is all out resistant. Unless I were to go "Clockwork Orange" style and strap him down with his eye pinned open, there is no way he will learn from me. Please. This is not about me not following through or not setting up the proper routine, etc. My husband and I pretty much majored in Behavioral Psychology in undergrad., and worked together at a group home for severely disturbed/ assaultive kids. The bottom line is that there is no reward in the world that he cares about enough to work for. *There never has, and there may never be.* I have been letting him do his own thing lately, since I've run out of ideas for him. Can anyone, who has a child much like mine, make any constructive recommendations? By the way, the school district insisted he start Kindergarten when he was still only 4 years old.* Since being left alone by me to pursue his own interests, he has started to do things he was never capable of doing before. He now feeds himself most of the time (he needs OT for his hands, but the school district never provided it). He brushes his own teeth and is practicing (on his own) to put on his own clothes by himself. He actually started to pedal his tricycle! He even has been trying some new foods! Despite his sensory issues and ADD, he asked that we bake cookies together from scratch. And, he even tried them! Most importantly, *for the first time ever, he actually wants a playmate. He has actually cut back on his monologues to me, and started to play real imaginative pretend play, with his 3 y/o sister. She is Aspie too and is easily frustrated by the world. He has been talking her through her freak outs and helping her problem solve. He does this better than most psychologists I know! Besides these "adaptive living skills"' he has spent a lot of time building circuit boards out of his Snap Circuits. He won't read, but will "look at" reference encyclopedias of military airplanes and vehicles of WWI and WWII constantly and has inadvertently learned about the history surrounding the wars. So, I guess what this long rant of mine is really about is, isn't this enough for now? Do I really have to push him to meet the insane expectations and standards that the public school was insisting upon? I mean, do all incoming Kindergarteners read full chapter books fluently and already can do double digit adding and subtracting? I understand that to the school district, he is very behind. But, in reality, is he really? Would it really hurt his future to just let him take the next 6 months off to just be a kid (like all his peers did years ago at the "appropriate" age? My son is the type of kid who just gets easily overwhelmed, anxious, and shuts down. That's why I had to throw out our mass quantity of "routines" and "daily schedules" that all the *so-called professionals insisted we do. He hates structure and thrives on a flexible schedule only. It's probably because he needs lots of alone time to process what is going on around him mixed into his day. And, *he never knows how much down time he'll need in order to face the world again. * The one thing that I have noticed about my kids and the few other Aspies I've had the pleasure to meet, is that they all talk about that they can't learn from others. They just can't open themselves up to it. They have to teach themselves. So, I have come to the conclusion that I just haven't figured out how to help him teach *himself.* Do any of you (who have kids like mine) use a curriculum based approach? Do you unschool? Do you use IPad apps, BrainPop, Discovery Education videos streams, etc?* So, *please, any constructive, supportive words of advice or guidance is welcome.*
  2. I am new to The Well-Trained Mind and I am new to homeschooling. I thought this would be a great place to ask for advice. I have two boys that have been in PS since they were 3. They have been on an IEP their entire school career. I won’t rant about how I assumed that because the PS “team†was nice and showed me dibble scores every year, they MUST be doing things right for my boys. I became aware… then I became proactive in my boys’ education. I just fired PS. I am trying to find the best math methodology for each child. My 12 year old has Asperger’s & ADHD inattentive with a high/average IQ. He does not do well with divided attention. I was leaning toward Saxon Math. Any thoughts? My 11 year old is ADHD combined, hyperactive dominant. He thrives with sustained and divided attention and sustained attention (TEA-Ch subtest Sky Search 15 and Score DT 16). His WISC-IV perceptual reasoning score is 133. Math is his strong suit. I think he would be bored with a spiral (& textbook) style of learning math. For him, I was leaning towards Systematic Mathematics. Is there a math curriculum that would suit him better? Thanks in advance! :bigear:
  3. I read the crazy stroller lady thread, then out of curiosity read much of the crazy dinner guest thread. The last part, where one poster states why she thinks crazy dinner guest may have Asperger's, reminded me SO MUCH of my brother, "J". He is now in his mid 50's and has lived with my parents since 1996. Mom is now deceased but he still lives with our dad. Even before that, Mom supported him financially. After he had been "going to college" for at least ten years, the joke was that he was the professional student. He went off and on for fifteen years and has three degrees, two in science and one in linguistics. He is odd and socially awkward. He says very rude things without realizing how he sounds. Most of the time he stays in his bedroom. He does speak to Dad, but not that much, and never about anything really personal. I'm guessing he either reads or spends time on his computer. (He hasn't had a job of ANY sort since the mid 80's when he was in a graduate math program and taught math to undergrads. He never finished his master's though.) Example of rudeness: When our mother was alive, a good friend of hers picked her up and took her to church. My brother, J, never had her ready when the friend arrived so all the nearby parking spaces were filled when they arrived, causing them to walk further. My mother was frail, so the friend kindly asked if J could have her ready by a certain time. The next week, J was standing at the curb waiting when the friend pulled up, and pointed to his watch and said, "You're late. I have my watch set to internet time and you are LATE." And he STILL did not have Mom ready to go!!! The friend was so upset that she wrote my dad a note and told him she was sorry, but she could not take Mom to church anymore, without explaining why. He takes naps off and on all day long. If we are all sitting in the living room, he will pull a blanket up over his head and doze off there. :confused: It upsets him to have his routine shaken up. When we went to my SIL's for Dad's 80th birthday party, he went to sleep on the living room floor after the cake and presents. He explained that it's hard for him to sleep "when he has an agenda the next day," even though my SIL and I did all the work for the party and all he had to do was show up with Dad. His room is filled with cardboard boxes full of old papers he's copied or printed off, science articles, academic stuff mostly I think. He keeps boxes of magazines thinking he might go through them and cut out articles but never does. Dad says it takes him all day "to do nothing". He wanders around piddling at this and that, making coffee, making food. When my SIL and I are there trying to clean out the junk, we give him jobs to do but he gets distracted or needs a nap, complaining that he is worn out. He has never had a date (that I know of). I know he has liked certain girls. In his twenties, he liked a girl who worked at the same restaurant. She had a boyfriend, which he knew about, but he wrote her weird letters and would stare at her across the room, creeping her out. He has NO friends. Well, he sort of has one friend from high school but the guy is married with his own family and lives about two hours away. They rarely see each other. Does this sound like it could be Asperger's? I have always believed that my brother has something that could actually be diagnosed, although my parents have never pushed to get him help. They have suggested, but in the end he refuses. What do you think? (Sorry for the long ramble! There are many more weird stories I could share.)
  4. I have a student who just turned 5 that I would bet my eye teeth has Asperger's Syndrome. But I could be wrong. So what does Asperger's look like in a 5yo? The problem is that this is an Asian family and in my experience here, they do not take any suggestion that something might be wrong or different about their kid well. At. All. There is major shame and denial and anger. Often they will just withdraw their children from the school rather than have them assessed. It is very sad. Add to that the very limited services available here due to the reluctance on the community's part to even admit that such things exist, and I have quite a conundrum. This child needs intervention. I am at a loss as to how to handle this.
  5. Hi, im new, and hope this is the right place to introduce myself. Im Angela, married to Phil, we have two boys, Jakeb(10) with HFA/Asperger's and Matthew (7) who unofficially but certainly has Asperger's too. My eldest has a really negative attitude to everything, initially, even if it is something he likes, he always reacts negatively at first. I find it really frustrating and draining dealing with the negativity all day long. It doesnt seem to matter if he knows it is coming or not - so i dont think it is an inflexibilty issue.Once he starts his work/task and gets going he is fine and copes very well with his grade 4 work and excels at history and reading which he loves! He loves the bath but always has to have a good moan first with these sorts of things too. Does anyone else have this problem and do you have any advice? Thanks Angela (mom to ...ahh no... not maths... im too sick... i dont want to...meanie..)
  6. Have any other 8th grade parents been heavily researching and planning already for high school? I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. Here is what I think we are doing for 9th grade. How does this look? MFW Ancients (Bible, History, English/Literature) BJU Algebra 1 with LoF as a supplement Dive Integrated Physics and Chemistry Breaking the Barrier Spanish with SpanishDict site Logic (Fallacy Detective/Thinking Toolbox) PE (exercise log) We've never done Latin, but I'm considering doing Getting Started with Latin with both kids next year, but we won't put it on her transcript.
  7. Hello all! I'm a mother to four great kids (15, 13, and 6 year old twins) and I will be homeschooling them beginning this fall (except my 15 year old). I'm excited and scared, but I see that so many people are thriving and their kids are doing so well. That gives me hope and confidence. My oldest daughter who is 13 has recently been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. From the beginning I knew she was very different from my son, but kids aren't the same so I just took it at face value. Then I had my twins (fraternal) and I saw some similarities between one of them and my oldest daughter. I looked into sensory disorders, non-verbal learning disorder, and Asperger Syndrome about a year ago, but I felt like I was "trying" to find something wrong with her instead of just accepting who she was. I tried to talk to her about seeing a specialist, and getting some medication for depression. She was sleeping all the time, hiding food, having rage outbursts, constantly defiant, and obsessivly lying. She finally agreed to go to a psychiatrist about 3 months ago. She put her on Prozac. It was then that the doctor mentioned AS. I felt verified and relieved. I mean, no one wants their children to struggle in life, but at least I wasn't going to rack my brain trying to figure out how to "speak her language". With my other three children, I learned how to deal with their quirks. I knew what to do when they were frustrated, sad, mad, or just feeling blah. That's what I mean when I say "speak their language". There was always a wall between myself and my oldest daughter. The Prozac helped with the depression so that we could start working on her issues with AS. And for the first time in 13 years I'm learning her "language". I've been researching different types of ways to homeschool. I'm really clicking with the Classical method. I'm starting with a clean slate when it comes to my twins. They just finished Kindergarten in PS. However, my oldest just finished 7th grade. She's really behind and I don't know where to start. In my attempt to understand AS, I've been reading that spelling is easier, but my daughter is horrible at it. It's like instead of being visually dyslexic she's mentally dyslexic. She doesn't see letters backwards, but she switches letters in words. For example, she'll spell calendar, calander (switching the e and the a). It's like that with a lot of words, and she doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words that should be on her level by now. I agree with the Classical method emphasizing the spelling, grammar, writing, and reading. These subjects and math are very difficult for her. I was looking into Easy Grammar and Daily Grams for her. I think I should start her below her level. Maybe at the 5th or 6th grade. I don't know what spelling program to use or what level to start her at. I feel comfortable looking for reading and writing curriculum. We are going to use Saxon for math. Does anyone have any suggestions for the Grammar and Spelling portions? Did anyone make it this far in this incredibly long post? I appreciate all who did, and any suggestions that are provided. Thanks!
  8. My ds13 has Asperger's and is having an extremely difficult time with Keystone's English 1 class. He has trouble understanding the meaning of what's he reading. He understands only the surface level. For example, today we read Thank You Ma'am by Langston Hughes. The story is about a boy who tries to snatch a woman's purse and she takes him home to wash his face and feed him, understanding where he comes from and hoping to make a difference in his life. My son couldn't get past the idea that the woman was kidnapping the boy because she wouldn't let him go and she took him to her apartment. Because he couldn't get past that bit, the meaning of the story was totally lost on him. He didn't "get" The Birds either and thought it was pointless. I withdrew him from the class today. He's doing fine in his other classes, but English is going to be really tough. DH is adamant that our children earn an accredited high school diploma, and I believe all high school English courses, from traditional schools, are going to be similar. Also, colleges in Georgia expect high schoolers to have 4 years of English: Grammar and Usage, American English, World Literature/British Lit., and Advanced Composition. I'm wondering if something like Lightning Literature might prepare him for high school literature. I'm even wondering if I should order the 7th grade level because I really have no idea where to even begin. Basically he doesn't always understand the deeper meanings in stories, he doesn't answer prediction type questions well, and he gets upset when he's asked to write creatively in any subject. I think he needs smaller assignments that I can have him do independently because he is way too dependent on me to pull him along. Would Lightning Literature be a good option? Is there something else I should consider? Do I have any other options for covering American English, World Literature and Advanced Composition that I could get Keystone to accept for credit towards his high school diploma? Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  9. I have so many questions about this I don't know where to start. I have a 10 year old Aspie and want to pull him from public school. I have so much frustration as he is unorganized (as most Aspies are) and I never know what is going on at school, when projects are due, etc. His grades are suffering because I cannot help him at home if I don't know what is going on at school. He is also getting bullied - and the sad part is that he doesn't even understand that the kids are teasing and making fun of him. He thinks it's just in fun. He's gotten physically pushed around by several children, and Logan is often the one to get punished/blamed because of his behavior and wording in handling these situations. I am looking at the virtual academy for him for next year...has anyone had experience with this? Please help...
  10. My children have ADHD, ADD diagnosis. We found out that their cousins have Asperger's and mild autism. I would like to understand how they learn. They are very intelligent and very talented. Yet, it confuses me that their learning process is very inconsistent. Does anyone have experiences in what works as a good motivator for them? I also want to know how they see the world and learning through their eyes. Joy in SC
  11. The Boy Scout troop that we are with has a scout with Asperger's. We as leaders are trying to work out a good balance for him as a scout that treats him where he is, but also helps him to develop scouting skills. Most of the adults in the troop don't have much experience with kids outside the main stream and are finding this scout to be a bit of a puzzle. We are working with his parents to try to figure out triggers and accomodations so that we aren't frustrating him, other scouts or the leaders unnecesarily (ie, by asking him to do things that are beyond him or in ways that confuse him). Does anyone have book or website recommendations that would give insight for the non-parents around autistic/Asperger's syndrome kids? Something written with the teacher/coach/scout leader in mind?
  12. my son is almost 8 years old and has been in evaluations for asperger's/PDD-NOS/severe comorbid ADHD for a couple of years now. no official diagnosis at this time. for the coming school year i am at a loss. he really likes his MUS alpha, but getting him to do any kind of listening for history or science, etc is totally impossible. and language books have not been very successful either because, while he likes the activities, he HATES all the writing. it is obvious he is NOT an auditory learner. he is VERY hands on. he can build things like nobody's business. which is why we are doing body science this year. he loves studying the body, and my husband got us a skeleton model to build and i have a book that you use to "build" a body from card stock. but other than that his cirriculum includes: *math u see alpha *wordly wise book A (which i think he will like because of the games and short lessons). that is literally it. i need a language program for him. i feel like he is SO smart, but falling further and further behind where he needs to be (not keeping up with other kids, but more just learning his basic skills) . he reads at around a 4-5th grade level WHEN i can get him to sit to do that. thanks for any advice. stephanie--wife to my hero, mom to 6
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