#Autism Parenting: Picking the BEST of the WORST options

We have therapy for the boys tonight but Lizze isn’t feeling well and she will probably stay behind. It will likely be the boys and I heading out tonight.

Tonight’s focus is going to be on school for Elliott and Emmett. We have to figure something out because while the boys like school, they’re also miserable at the same time, albeit for different reasons.

This needs to be a very serious discussion about our options. I’m hoping Lizze feels up to going but but if not, we’ve discussed it amongst ourselves already and have reached a consensus. We both agree that the status quo isn’t in the best interest of the kids. What we do about it is where we become less sure of ourselves.

At this point, I feel like we have three options:

  1. We do nothing and work on improving their current situation (if it’s possible)
  2. Look into other schools
  3. Homeschool

There are upsides and downsides to all three options. It’s our job to figure out the best option and do our best to make it work. The problem is that there are really no good options. We have to pick the best of the worst options and that sucks.

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I would make a pro and con list for each option and see which comes out on top. Ohio’s new attendance policy means that unless they are home schooled, they are both already chronically tardy and for various reasons and diagnoses and that trend is likely to continue. So, big plus for home school, the negatives (IMO) far outweigh it. School is the only socialization they get. In all the years I have been following your lives, they have had one play date that I can recall and that is incredibly sad to me. Also, you tried home schooling Gavin… Read more »

Rob Gorski

Actually, they have quite a bit of social interaction. I don’t talk about it much cause it never occurs to me. They have cousins on both sides that they see, not as often as we’d like but they do. During the warmer months, they play with other kids on the playground etc. It’s not perfect but it’s something. We never tried homeschooling Gavin. The school had a program where the teacher would come out a few days a week and reach him because he couldn’t leave the house. We did that for awhile but they dropped the program. We never… Read more »