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My Autistic 5 YO Is Doing Great In A Mainstream Classroom, But I Worry About Coming Years. Does Anyone Have Any Insight To Share?

My Autistic 5 YO Is Doing Great In A Mainstream Classroom, But I Worry About Coming Years. Does Anyone Have Any Insight To Share?

Even before diagnosis we noticed some behaviors that became increasingly uncommon for a child his age as he grew. As I noticed issues (loud sounds, poor eye contact, difficulty adjusting to changes in routine, repetitive movements, struggle with recognizing social cues/emotions) I would figure out ways to help him navigate whatever he was struggling with. I would warn him when I knew a loud sound was coming, tell him repeatedly about any upcoming change in schedule, etc. He's very smart, but if… read more

posted November 19
A MyAutismTeam Member

Hello, my experience is different but let me give you my input. My children are adults and are low functioning. I used to be a special education teacher. If your child is doing well in his class leave him in “mainstream” classes as long as you can. If his behaviors become a problem then you can get him on a 504 plan. As long as he is learning do not move him. There is a forum called Quora. The autism subs tend to be higher functioning adults or teenagers—not usually parents. I think you might find it worthwhile to look at those comments because it sounds like your son might heading for that population. (Oh no, another sub or forum!! Honestly, you can lurk and read or ask a question and get a perspective from people who have experienced autism as higher functioning. ). Just go look to see if it is worthwhile. (Not for me but maybe for you.)

posted 4 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member

It’s not small when it’s your child. My experience is different not more serious or less serious. I didn’t mention that I taught Resource too, did I? (If it’s an unfamiliar term—it’s where you pull child out of class for extra help in certain subjects.). It’s just that I don’t check here (or email sometimes!) every day. Hope it was a helpful suggestion—their perspective is probably closer to your child’s.

posted 2 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member

Thank you for offering your perspective. I will definitely go look at Quora & most likely "lurk" as you mentioned. I know my concerns might seem small compared to some on this group, but I just want to give my son his best chance in life.

posted 4 days ago

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