My husband and I are considering private schools for my 5 year old son that has Aspergers. On the positive side, his cognitive skills are well above average and academically he can perform (mathematically and with reading) 2-3 years over his age level. His weakness is social pragmatics - not talking about the solar system/temperature/percents all day, talking loudly, lacking social awareness and impact, and struggles with holding and initiating conversations with peers.
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Hi. Our 7 year old was just recently diagnosed with Aspergers and has been attending a Waldorf school for 3 years now. I think their approach is working well for him and his teacher is very supportive which is nice because he will have the same one for five years. Good luck!
Thank you! It's been amazing for my son.
Good luck! honestly I think the focus on language rich and interaction would be a benefit, as long as there is understanding and compassionate staff that aren't going to frustrate him with demands right off the bat...
Thanks so much for your response. This is exactly how I feel - I really want to give him the benefit of the doubt because if he can thrive in a Waldorf kindergarten class - I can't imagine anything more beneficial to him right now. He already can read and is light years ahead academically - so I'm not worried about him being behind in that regard. Some tell me that he might be miserable and ask why I would put him in a school that is focused on his challenges only (and not his strengths - academics) - but honestly - unless he skips a few grades (which I wouldn't want for him developmentally) nothing is going to be challenging for him academically.
I now have the option of a Catholic elementary school that is open to accelerating his math block and reading block only (attend with an older class just for these two subjects) - he got accepted yesterday. I should hear from the Waldorf school this week. I just pray I make the right decision. He's been through enough.
Thanks to you all for the responses. I definitely would invest in Waldorf schools for the long haul - assuming my son enjoyed his time there. After visiting, I was told that the kindergarten class is quite structured, although I am unsure as a child progresses to the higher grades. I'd like for my son to develop social skills in a natural way - some may argue that this is not an option given his diagnosis. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt given that he's so high-functioning. All I know is he was in tears yesterday saying he does not want to go to school anymore - and it is tearing my heart out. I have to find something different for him so I'm going to continue searching until I find the right fit.