Testing Out of Special Education

Tom and I had a meeting with TJ’s preschool teachers this morning. We were supposed to be discussing the results of the speech evaluation and the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) they conducted with him after the Christmas break. There had been an informational parents night last week about the transition to kindergarten. I thought it would […]

Raising Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome – Blind Leading the Blind

Last year, we got the diagnosis that confirmed my suspicions concerning TJ’s behavior and mannerisms. Asperger Syndrome. (It doesn’t officially have an apostrophe in there, but so many people use it that I think it’s now accepted colloquially as Asperger’s Syndrome.) He’s on the autism spectrum, albeit the high functioning end. Like any parent of […]

Christmas with TJ – Autism Moms Thursday

This is my first time participating in Autism Moms Thursday, but since this week’s theme is Christmas, I thought it  would be worthwhile to post my videos from Christmas morning with TJ! He wasn’t feeling very good on Christmas. The poor kid threw up when he woke up, but that didn’t ruin Christmas! And, uh, […]

Jumping Through Hoops for the CPSE

Tom and I had a meeting with the Committee for Preschool Education (CPSE) at our school district. Last time we did this, the social worker from TJ’s preschool came with us as his preschool advocate. This time, his teacher and the head of the preschool came with us. Our goal was to gain approval for […]

Questions about a New Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis

I’ve known for a long time that my precious little boy was different than other kids his age. His preschool teachers had us set up an evaluation last December. He had a separate OT/PT evaluation that resulted in recommendations for both occupational and physical therapy. And we made that recommended appointment with his pediatrician for […]

CPSE Occupational and Physical Therapy

TJ had his OT/PT evlauation today, as discussed when we had his first CPSE meeting with the school district back in January. I’d completely dropped the ball on this one. First of all, I thought it was tomorrow afternoon. Second of all, I never got the paperwork, and I forgot to follow up so I […]

Does He REALLY Understand?

TJ had to sit for a timeout twice tonight. And it’s not just that Tom and I are both sick – with a flu variant – these were infractions that would have warranted a timeout on any other night. TJ decided to play in the sink after he used the potty around 5:30. There was […]

Upsetting First Parent Teacher Conference

Tom and I were very excited about our first parent-teacher conference at TJ’s nursery school. I was able to get us in at 8:15, so neither of us were too late for work. Miss Maureen and Miss Sandy were there to talk to us. They said that TJ is a very sweet boy, and a […]