Amber - posted on 04/02/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
My son, Sebastian, was diagnosed with high-functioning autism/Aspergers last year. (After a 3 year battle to get SOMEONE to listen to me and take me seriously.) He is in regular classes at school, and is in 1st grade. (He is 7 years old, turning 8 in September) He is close to genius level IQ, and receives no special services. however, disciplining him is a challenge. He tends to be VERY hyper-active and takes things apart, particularily his brother's things. (His brother is 13 months older and they share a room.) Also, the kids at school and on the bus are starting to make fun of him for his quirks, which upsets him further, as he really wants to be friends with the other kids.
Does anyone have ANY suggestions as to how we can better handle discipline, etc? He has Medicaid, and we are on a waiting list to see a developmentalist. It was originally suggested that we seek ABA treatment, but our previous insurance didn't cover it, and we couldn't afford it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated... we often feel overwhelmed with him! hanks!