Thank God this guy knows what's going on and not one of those super-conservatives weirdos who wants to give my son as much therapy as possible.  This psychologist who was assigned to Georgie's case had to meet with me first to get a social history for Georgie so he has an idea what his case is like before he goes to Georgie's school to do evaluations.  All of Georgie's teachers and therapists suggested a tightly contained class with few students, a lot of teachers and therapits, blah blah.  So  when I heard this, I'm like "well, I guess if that's what they think Georgie needs, I need to put him in special ed".  But this psychologist made me see things very clearly and he sees things pretty much how I did before I spoke to the teachers.  He told me that he begins with general education placement and works from there.  He doesn't like to assume right away that every Asperger's child needs special education and close monitoring.  Georgie is social, understands what's going on, behaves very well, doesn't act out, has no emotional/behavioral issues, so why would his teachers think he needs all this "help".  So the psychologist told me, although very preliminary, that Georgie sounds like a kid who would do well in a general ed kindergarten class, and then just be pulled out for speech, OT and counseling (social skills counseling). Hurray!  That's what I think.  He also told me that he knows the people at Georgie's school and that they're very conservative, and believe in "the more therapy, the bettter".  The psychologist said that's not always the case, and sometimes kids are put in such restrictive environments that they're not allowed to thrive or gain any sort of independence.

 

so I'm happy this guy is handling my son's case.  I hope all works out!!!

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kim12...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 12:14 PM That is great news!  I agree with the psychologist, Georgie needs to be in a general education environment to grow.  The small contained classes would only hinder his growth.  Kohen is the same way, he doesn't have any behavioral problems and is very aware of his environment.  He may have some issues at first with wandering off but he is able to listen and follow directions.  His preschool teacher says he will transition into a regular kindergarten class and take him out for a couple of hours for speech and OT as well.  He will also have an aid, the aid will probably oversee a couple of other kids as well. 

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 9:53 AM hI I AM NEW TO CAFEMOM BUT SOOO GLAD I FOUND U GALS. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR  SON AND THE SCHOOL, IT IS GREAT TO HEAR SOMEONE ON YOUR SIDE MY SON IS 9 AND IN THE THIRD GRADE AND HE IS STUGGLING IN MANY AREAS, MY SCHOOL SEEMS TO BE OBLIVIOUS TO WHAT MY CHILD NEEDS. HE IS VERY DISORGANIZED AND FORGETTFUL, ONE TEACHER WITH 20 STUDENTS. HE IS UNABLE TO GATHER ALL HIS THINGS TOGETHER AT THE END OF THE DAY, BUT NONE SEEMS TO SEE THAT HE NEEDS EXTRA HELP. THEY SAY HE IS TO BLAME FOR HIS GRADES DROPPING 10 TO 20 POINTS SINCE THE LAST REPORT CARD, I AM LITERALLY READY TO PULL MY HAIR OUT. SO SORRY FOR VENTING LIKE THIS BUT I GET PRETTY LONELY WITHOUT TO MANY FRIENDS.    SHERRY

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