Annica - posted on 01/23/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )
My daughter will be 14 in April and she has mild autism - she may be less mature than children at her own development level and has difficulty understanding social situations. One teacher at her local middle school doesn't think it's a good idea for her to be hanging around with 5th grade girls all the time - she had informed me that she will struggle even more in high school next year and that the maturity level between 5th graders and 8th graders is A LOT, because they enter puberty throughout these years. My concern is that she doesn't act her age, and she has no friends at her middle school. I know that later on in life, three years won't be a big difference but I am starting to be concerned that she may struggle right now and also in high school. The teacher has set up several meetings w/ me already, and that my daughter needs a therapist, etc. because she acts like she's very much younger during her classes and elsewhere and that these girls' parents may start to worry that a high schooler is hanging out with 6th graders when they become 6th graders and she is in high school. Any ideas and opinions?