Regression....

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My very bright 8 year old autistic son is seemingly regressing. He has went from loving to go to school and learning everything he can to avoiding anything remotely related to school. For example, I received a phone call this morning from his teacher. "He is refusing to do any work. He isn't angry or even starting a meltdown, just simply refusing to do anything." She told me she is going to give him all 0's and fail him for refusing to do his work. She feels he is just being oppositional. He has gotten straight A's since he started school, and now he is failing. She feels he is just trying to control the situation by not doing his work. I feel very strongly that he is regressing very quickly. He has the same interests as other boys his age, pokemon, bakugan, dinosaurs, Ben 10 etc., however all of a sudden he wants the things he wanted when he was 3-4 years old, blues clues, backyardigans, etc. I don't know what to do to help him. Any suggestions?

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Robyn - posted on 02/17/2009

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my son has been doing the same thing. He seemed relatively on target.. I mean he was definitely delayed emotionally and socially but no where near where he is now it seems. He is 13 now but he is more on the level of a 6 year old. He is just seems to be getting younger and younger.. He too has stopped all willingness to participate in school.. He just seemed to become overwhelmed by the idea of school. Now he is in special education and doing work on a 1st to 3rd grade level.. he is just now up to a 3rd grade level.. He is in 7th grade..

I think he may be regressing in some behaviors because school is starting to become stressful for him.. Maybe he is finding it hard to cope in his classroom.. My son's issues really started at age 7 and got more complicated.. Finally I was able to get the schools and doctors to see that that setting was to much for him.. Have you tried asking him why he suddenly has no desire for school.. Make sure he knows he is not in trouble and you are not upset that you just really want to know how he is feeling about school..

Katy - posted on 02/17/2009

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Could it be a comfort thing? I mean, I see reminders of my youth and can't help but feel sad sometimes, longing for easier times, less responsible times etc.. Could something have happened at school or home that would make these easier times be more appealing? My son frequently is teased in school, and comes home to sink his head into comic books. (They are easy to read) Fourth grade has been tough for my son, and we have reward systems for studying, doing homework, classwork etc..

Does he have a resource teacher that helps out?

Katy - posted on 02/17/2009

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Could it be a comfort thing? I mean, I see reminders of my youth and can't help but feel sad sometimes, longing for easier times, less responsible times etc.. Could something have happened at school or home that would make these easier times be more appealing? My son frequently is teased in school, and comes home to sink his head into comic books. (They are easy to read) Fourth grade has been tough for my son, and we have reward systems for studying, doing homework, classwork etc..

Does he have a resource teacher that helps out?

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