People don’t understand how much the school day takes out of our kids with #Autism

I don’t think people in general understand just how much the school day takes out of kids on the Autism spectrum. 

The struggles these kids have during the day don’t always show up on the surface or manifest themselves in a visible way. 

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What ends up happening is what happened today with Emmett. 

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The moment we left the school building and he was buckled into the car, he immediately began to decompress.. I could see the cracks forming as he tried to talk about his day but just began to cry..

The crying intensified and before we were even home, it had evolved into a meltdown.  😦

He’s been on edge since he arrived home but he’s feeling better having purged himself in the car. 

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This is just one of the reasons parents like myself, absolutely detest the idea of having these kids take schoolwork home with them.




2 Comments

  1. Leanne Ferree

    It’s incredibly difficult! We need to recreate school for our kiddos, conventional schooling just isn’t working out. I don’t think we should be trying to integrate them into the mainstream, instead we should mold school around their needs, let them develop naturally, and see what kind of best person they become. I’m tired of the behavioral psychological approach, and the intermediate unit in the public schools – it’s killing my kid. I’ve been working on creating a school for the spectrum, I need partners.

    1. I get where you’re coming from and I agree. It’s important to remember that every kid is different. Some kids can mainstream and do well. Others not so much. Academically, mine would do well mainstreamed, emotionally they would be eaten alive. It’s tough to find a perfect match.. I’d love to hear more about the school you’re working on.

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