I have a 10 year old son with high functioning Aspergers. What do you guys do for schooling? Public, homeschool, private?

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Carol - posted on 11/14/2011

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My 11 year old son also has high functioning Aspergers. We started him in a really bad public school. We didn't know he had Asperger's at the time, he was just super smart. The superintendent agreed with the principal that there was nothing the district could do to challenge him through 12th grade (he was in kindergarten). We hung on to public school until 1st grade with a great teacher and it was no better. Then we homeschooled for 2 1/2 years. We enrolled him into a different public school after we began to notice that he needed the socialization lessons that only school could give him more than a solid education. We still didn't know it was Aspergers. When we were finally figuring out that there was a reason for his awkwardness, we were moving out of state. We were able to choose a great public school. The melting pot of middle school this year has been beautiful! He's got a few good friends that share similar interests and some even with Aspergers.

We did look into private schools, but found that they didn't offer anything more than the public schools. We weren't looking for schools that specialized in dealing with kids with Asperger's though - that may have made a difference. I would love to homeschool again, but I think their biggest lessons to learn are how to interact with other people. It's really tough. I want to strangle some of the thoughtless, heartless monsters some days, but I hope he's learning to deal with the jerks and the many more decent people he sees every day.

Tania - posted on 11/14/2011

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hi i also have a son 11 with aspergers and he goes to main stream school and is doing really well...i thought about homeschool but my son needs all the social skills he can get so main strem has worked out well , we have had our ups and downs but we got through it ...the main thing is to talk to the school and see how they can help our child and maybe set some goals also make them aware of any behaviuor problems so that they take an understanding approach ....good luck

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