If you’re a teen, young adult or parent of a child on the spectrum and you’re reading this, could you give me some advice? M is in 3rd grade and so far… we’ve pushed. We’ve pushed through projects and homework and presentations and school events (as he was able). Now we’re really really having to push. Homework is much harder, therapy takes more work, everything is so much more effort. I don’t mind it, it seems to (slowly) be taking hold and he is indeed getting the work done, but it is truly a monumental effort on his part. So my question is this. Did your parents/caregivers push you “through” your school work and through your therapies? Did it work? Was it worth it? Are you thankful or did you notice?
We recently had his homework load reduced to an “as he is able” basis. Sometimes he can do more, sometimes he can’t. It was like walking through molasses. We received permission to use dictation software to help him with tests where writing was involved so that he could meet time requirements without worrying about his motor skill abilities. He uses headphones to handle noise when he needs to. He uses lists in his folders to remember what he is supposed to be doing without having to ask repeatedly. The supports are helping. I just want him to do the very best he can, but I don’t want to push him beyond his capabilities if that makes sense. Any thoughts anyone?
I haven’t posted lately because ever since M had that verbal assault on the playground from a parent, mentioned in my last post, I have been rather shook up. I am trying to come out of it. There are other things to do – too many balls in the air to fixate on just one. In any case, I may be a bit all over the place here. Just hang on. That’s what I do!
I would like Miss S to join Daisy Scouts next year, but there isn’t a younger scout troop at the school, so I am volunteering to be a Daisy Scout leader since I will no longer have any littles with me during the day. I’m actually really looking forward to it! I loved scouting when I was a little girl.