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 I agree with this. I won't put my child in a situation where they can't handle him. It's not fair to him or any of the other children. I'm all for inclusion, but inclusion without the appropriate supports in place is bad for everyone involved. I hope you can find a place that is able to support your son in the way he needs, OP. We have been feeling truly blessed to have our autism program, and DS has truly blossomed over the last few months...
 lol, whoops!! yes, that's what I meant to say. (blush!)
I know this will sound trite, but have you watched the Dog Whisperer? When you start watching the episodes over and over again (they are on Netflix) you start to see the same pattern of problems and solutions.    I have a heeler mix who is aggressive toward other dogs. We now live in a rural area and she is kept in a small, fenced area when outside but I am a runner and avid walker so she gets lots of exercise. If we could afford to fence our property she could run more...
This thread is so much fun!   I remember when the Hyena cart was "invented". It was Kendall of...oh, darn, now i can't remember her company name. Freshies? I met her IRL. Bought some diapers from her, even.    I also remember the "black celebration" thread where we found out how many of us were into "alternative" (or goth, as you Americans called it back then) music when we were younger. People were bringing up band names I'd almost forgotten. Although now with...
I'm curious, have you considered a boarding school?    We have a few here on Vancouver Island and they seem like they would be amazing opportunities for the right kid. I'm blown away by some of the resources they have, like one has an amazing theatre program and all sorts of fantastic opportunities for learning, working in the community, etc. My personal favorite has its own equestrian academy right on the property. I've ridden there and the facilities are...
Cool tricks!   Here is my take on memorizing times tables: if you have a need to do lots of multiplication, you will memorize them very easily. If you don't, it's a waste of time.   When I was 14 I got my first job at McDonalds. We had no computers then, and we wrote down orders by pencil and paper, memorized the price of each item, and added them up by hand. I had never been very good at adding the higher single digits, like 8 + 6, or 7 + 9, etc. but after working...
I've been having the "internet porn" chat with my kids for a couple of years now, when they got their own laptops and iPads (hand me downs from family, or from their homeschool program). I kept it brief and to the point, but basically we talked about the fact that it's out there, that they may stumble across it by accident or they may even get curious and deliberately seek it out (to which they responded with emphatic denials, and lots of "ew, gross!", lol). I explained...
My heart goes out to you.    I agree with earthmama4 that it doesn't sound like autism in terms of the violence, etc. Now my HFA son did "rage" and was often physically aggressive to others, but he was not into violence (couldn't handle scary movies - even Disney stuff, for example). The relationship between autism and violence in his case was that there is a lot of frustration that come with autism (dealing with other people, sensory issues, lack of social...
My children have both attended the local therapeutic riding centre (they both have autism spectrum disorder). My son quit after a couple of terms as it was just not his thing, but my daughter still rides. It is a lovely, supportive environment and although she isn't horse-crazy like her mother, she definitely enjoys riding and having "her" horse to ride. It has helped her confidence and coordination and even helped with her social skills. We really cherish our local...
I'm really dismayed reading about your situation and how it is being handled and interpreted.    My HFA son had exactly the same issues when he started preschool, except that we knew before then that he had the tendency to hit and be physically aggressive. By keeping him away from stress and limiting his social interactions to very small playdates (one or two friends at the most) that were highly supervised we managed well. But preschool made it all just blow up. In no...
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