First off, thanks to all for allowing me to create a new post here! I tried searching in all the old posts about anything relating to Waldorf and special needs or very high-functioning Aspergers, specifically. Little came up in the search.
We are *thisclose* to applying for our two children to go to a Waldorf "inspired" school in the fall. Our youngest will be a perfect Waldorf student as he's bursting with creativity. Our oldest is currently in a traditional public school in 1st grade and has high-functioning Aspergers (or Autism). He is doing fine in the public school setting and has an IEP, but they're not really doing anything at all to assist him. He's not really learning anything new or challenging himself at all, and to be honest, I'm not thrilled about his exposure to mainstream media. He loves being social, so that part isn't a challenge for him. What is a challenge is being impulsive and not getting things his way. We've done two years of ABA therapy (& now meds, which have been something that was a last resort, but SO worth it) and he now integrates pretty well in a traditional typical classroom.
Which is why we were considering the Waldorf school. It's technically a public charter school, so they by law can't turn down a child with an IEP. We recently met with them and they were warm and open to us and we already know we got a spot in the lottery to get into the school. That being said, they wanted to make sure we knew that this may not (or may) be the right fit for our son. They say, because the day isn't detailed in how it's laid out, and that everything isn't explained or rationalized specifically, some kids who are on the spectrum have a difficult time adjusting in that setting. I have a feeling they approach most or all kids coming in with an IEP this way, because it takes more time/money to assist these kids.
My husband and I come from the stance that our child is already academically ahead. It's not something we encourage or even push at ALL, he just is that way. Where he needs to grow is his creativity and ability to relate to others. He sees things very black and white (his way or no way) and that's one reason we want to encourage him to grow in those areas. We also love the idea of respecting others...he tends to emulate behavior and being around kids who aren't exposed to media and have a high respect for each other we think will be a GOOD thing for him. Also, no media. It's a proven fact that it calms children who have ADHD/ADD/HFAutism/etc so taking this new venture with our entire family might be soothing to him and all of us. And finally, as a family, we try and live a healthy lifestyle. This is a huge reason for us choosing Waldorf...it aligns well with our values and to be honest, the other parents are much more like us compared to what we've witnessed in our local public traditional school.
I guess what I'm asking is, even though I know it varies school to school, has anyone had any direct experience or know someone with a child with Aspergers who used Waldorf methods to teach IN the classroom, not at home? How have they done? Should I be worried that I'm not necessarily embracing his style of learning (systematic, structured, memorized) and rather trying to encourage his creativity...an area he needs help?
I'd love any thoughts. And on a side note, all those camps that I found in the other threads wouldn't really apply to our son. As I said, he's very high-functioning, and most people would never even guess he's slightly Autistic at all. This is why it's so hard for us!
Thanks in advance...