<I guess what I'm saying is that I agree with you that kids on the autism spectrum don't necessariy need school, but I do think they need *something.* What that something is is a fuzzy area for me.>
Fuzzy for me too. Like I said, I do have mixed feelings about it. His IEP meeting is Monday. Currently he is under 504 as "ADHD" and getting social support with the social worker about 3x a month. She said he's doing well. He's taken a bit of a plunge though the last few months.
His S/L eval was fine, the S/L teacher even put "mature for age" because of how he speaks. We have his private psychologist involved with the school too now. But, unless the school or psychologist give him the ASD dx, he won't qualify under an IEP for such. There is always OHI and that is probably what will happen IF he goes back in the fall.
He has...no friends. He plays alone at recess
He had two friends at the beginning of the year but both moved
kids think he is weird, he gets too close to them, talks about topics of his interest (electronics for example).
Home is very isolating for him and that worries me. However, before spring break he was SO anxious he was licking his mouth/cheek area so much that it bled. During spring break, it healed. School is causing him so much anxiety..so..unless they help him in that area too, I'm pulling him out. He needs a break during the day, or something like your dd has...which...as far as I know...isn't an option in our area. I'm annoyed too at the fact that my ds's science teacher didn't even know he was under a 504 until JANUARY...when she said something to his main teacher that he had changed. Grrrrr! WTH!?
We have tossed around private schools...there are some good ones around here, that are open ended/child led but with some structure too..smaller classrooms..which is what he needs.
What is the private school like where you are moving??