Hi MAT fam, one thing I’m really concerned about teaching Kiddo is pro-social skills. I have no worries about his potential to succeed academically. I am very worried about how he’ll navigate the social world when he begins kindegarten in the public school system next year.
Let me be clear: by socially successful, I mean happy and enjoying being with other people outside our home. I don’t give a hoot about him being popular. I remember how popular kids… read more
"Essential Life Skills for All Teens" (see below) is posted on our fridge still. Not quite what you're looking for, I know, but it will help you understand that you have to play the long, long, long game. (And start feeding a trust fund now with even a little bit every week. Time pays!)
Chance was great with everyone until middle school. That is when social issues became a thing for us. That is the age where the differences started to show. All of the kids became 'socially aware' at school. And when we heard "Autism" for the first time to explain things.
Hopefully, your child can go much further or not run into these problems.
The best I can offer is to strongly urge you to find a proper working with Autism school with experienced teachers. Even if that means moving! The appropriate teachers need to be there when such issues arise. I learned too late for our children. I worry you're not going to be able to do 'social training' from home because it takes real interactions to cement the changes. That worked for our son for a few years. But again, we did not identify the issues until much later.
Chance has not been able to attend high school for the last two years due to severe sensory overload. He is more withdrawn than ever now, and his social skills suffer for it.
For us, it has been really intervention! Since getting him into developmental preschool, he has 1 partner in crime, and 1 jokester... My son was never like this until early intervention.