Jen - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
I will apologize now, I know this may be long, but thanks for reading it :-) My son just turned 15 years old and was diagnosed with PDD years ago. He is a Freshman in High School, attending public school. The first grading period he was on the Honor Roll and had perfect attendance. He was even working in the school cafeteria washing dishes, getting paid, and enjoying it... as part one of his "special" classes. However, he doesn’t have any "real" friends, just a few bullies, whom pick on him almost daily. He has started to see the differences in what a friend is and the other boys he just "hangs out" with or says HI to and this is making him a sad young man. He has told me recently that he doesn’t know if he can take it anymore, he is going to beat up these bullies. The school seems to try but has never got anywhere. He is mostly quiet and laid back, in his bedroom reading most of the time, but when he gets upset everyone knows it. He doesn’t like loud noises, he will run from them, hands over ears. He runs to his closet and hides in the corner on the floor when he can't cope with something. He has never had a friend over to our house, but last summer he went to a family friends house to spend the day with a boy who was years younger than him, this was the only time. He does extremely well with small children and can carry on with a grown-up if it is something he is interested in, but anyone near his own age makes him retreat into a shell. This week the school has been calling saying his behavior is unacceptable. Within the last few months I noticed he seems less interested in things and upset at other kids and teachers. His grades this period are all over (A,B, C, D and F) and he has been very sick this 9 weeks, missing over 15 days of school. I don't know where to go from here. I have been taking him to doctors and counselors over the last 8 years and I feel like we are at block one in the beginning. He is misunderstood on so many levels and I need to protect him, but I don't know where to start. I don't know any other families with children with this and though I don't have a particular question... anyone wanting to share anything, something with me that you think could help my son... please do... I will be grateful for it.