Melissa - posted on 03/23/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
This is a strange predicament I find myself in. My son is about to turn 5 this week. He was diagnosed with classic autism several years ago. He has been progressing very well since then, to the degree that he no longer qualifies for special services of any kind. He will be going into a regular classroom. He has been in preschool for two years and I have been working with him at home since he was two years old as well. Academically, he is advanced compared to some children his age. That is to say, conservatively, he is reading at the high end of second grade level and is doing the same math I am teaching my third grader. We live in a district where half of the children do not know their alphabet going into kindergarten and many of the parents use the all-day program because they need it as childcare. Socially, he has made huge strides, to where people frequently tell me they would never even guess he has autism. Because of the academics and school demographics, along with his age (being one of the older kids in his grade anyway) I would like him to skip kindergarten. Any thoughts?