We have a very difficult decision to make about the education of our two little boys with #Autism


Lizze and I have been discussing something that makes me incredibly uncomfortable. While this is something I really don’t even want to think about, as parents, I don’t think we have much of a choice.

The topic of concern is whether or not the boys are in the right school.

I don’t like this conversation because the idea of even thinking about moving the boys to a new school is something that terrifies me.  At the same time however, I’ve become more and more concerned that a move may be necessary.

Let me say that I really like the staff and the school as a whole. I would recommend it to people who have kids that struggle in the public school system.

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The concern for us lies in whether or not it’s still a good fit for the boys and that’s a tough question to answer.  The truth is, I don’t know what the right answer is.  I don’t know if keeping the boys where they’re at is the best move for them.  Likewise, I don’t know if moving them is in their best interests in the long run either.

Both of the boys are extremely intelligent and excel at almost everything they do academically.

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One area of struggle however, is emotional development, as a result of being on the Autism Spectrum.  Autism by definition is a pervasive developmental disorder and it can impact a person in many ways.

In the case of Elliott and Emmett, it seems to manifest itself in rather extreme anxiety, serious sensory processing issues, very limited expressive language skills and an overall struggle with any form of change.
These things can interfere with their ability to learn on any given day.

It doesn’t seem to have seriously impacted their academic abilities but is that because of the accommodations or the fact that they are in classrooms, consisting most of peers with the same struggles?

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Lizze keeps asking if their current educational environment will prepare them for higher education and the answer is a resounding I don’t know. 

An ever growing part of me is beginning to share the very same concern.

At the same time, I can’t even begin to image the ramifications of moving the boys to a new school environment.  I don’t have a clue what the right thing to do is.