Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I'm excited to watch this movie, it sounds great. I think the awareness you have about autism spectrum disorder is so vital to L's future successes. Knowing what it can mean for him and trying to help him learn to shape his environment so that it will work for him. It's all beneficial. I have a student who is on the spectrum and his mom just seems to ignore that fact. She has slowly accepted that he's not a typical teen (now that he'll be in 11th grade!) but doesn't truly accept who he is as a person. She loves him and takes good care of him, but I think a little more education could go such a long way! The Transition Committee that I am on is having a parent networking night this year and I'm hosting it in my classroom. We are going to encourage parents to network among each other (it's district-wide, not just for my classroom) and also sign up online for different newsletters so that they can be informed and linked in with community agencies. Maybe she will come, maybe not. It can't hurt to try.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That networking plan sounds very valuable, Omaha. And you're right, it can't hurt to try. I think education and acceptance are key--not because the diagnosis should define a child, but because it helps you, the parent, understand the *whole* child.


mouse's picture mouse

I fully expect us to finally get an Asperger's diagnosis for Scooter this fall. In the meantime, we've found moving ahead as if this is the case has helped us find some tools and coping mechanisms. I have also felt strongly that if we can help Scooter deal with his sensory integration problems, the other stuff will be much easier. He'll always be a quirky kid, but the sensory stuff gets in the way more than anything else.

We've had some people surprised that we want the official diagnosis since he's right on the border, but it opens up many opportunities that I think will be important in his success. I also know that, as someone who had an aha moment about herself at 35, it would have been nice to have a frame of reference at an earlier age.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I hope things fall into place for Scooter--and moving ahead on this assumption is important, I think. I never thought much about early intervention, but one thing I do wish for us is that we had sought out a diagnosis earlier, and received help earlier.


mouse's picture mouse

One of the things about Asperger's, though, is that most professionals don't want to diagnose until the child is 6, which still leaves a bunch of time when things are not quite right, but professionals are not pushing for anything. I feel like there needs to be something to fill the gap.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You're right, mouse. We ourselves knew so little about it until we were very close to a diagnosis, although we had our worries when L. was as young as 3. In a way I'm glad L. was almost 7 when he was diagnosed, so we could feel more "certain" about it and be more prepared.