Nervous about today....but I know this is the best option for my little man and it doesn't have to be permenant. I am removing my 5 yr old son from public school today and putting him into Giggles Autism Therapy Center where he will get all therapy during the weekday along with a homeschooling program. He is only a mild-to-moderate Aspie but I think will still benefit from ABA, social skills training, and OT. They will give him an assesment to develope a therapy plan for him. The place also offers ST but I'm not really sure he needs it. His real issue is that he still has meltdowns related to social-type issues, perfectionism and sensory type issues (this is the lesser issue of the two).
My son was just diagnosed(PDD-NOS probable Asperger's mild-to-moderate, ADHD, mood disorder-NOS)/discharged from a day treatment program and although his medications that he received there has greatly improved his unsafe behavior he is still having the issues mentioned above. And honestly, I don't like my 5 yr old son being on 4 pills of pysch meds a day. I am hoping that with therapy, they can teach him to handle these things so that maybe eventually he can come off some of these medications. Plus, the school just looks at his issues as behavioral problems. It's great that my son's reading level is higher than they are able to test at this time (he is in kindergarten) but the special ed teacher from the day treatment program said that she is concerned that Liam has processing issues and of course he takes longer to complete his work (especially with cutting and pasting and he outright REFUSES to do most coloring which is a main requirement for most kindergarten work). She recommended special education screening. I just wanted them to follow the recommendation-to screen him, he may not need it but if this special ed teacher from the day treatment program expressed concerns, I'd like them to at least test him! At the Therapy Center he can work at his own pace on his school-work. He can work at kindergarten level math while working at a 3rd grade reading level. I kinda like that flexibility.
Anyways, so today is the day I pull him out of public mainstream school until next year (first grade). He has been going to Giggles for 2 weeks now after-school and loves it. He says, "It's just so nice to finally talk to normal people like me!" I hope this is the right decision for him and he will beneift from this!