Autism and the Long-Awaited Bullying at School

Autism and the Long-Awaited Bullying at School Why did I create that particular title? Well, because I was convinced that something like this was going to happen to my child when he was in middle school. It didn’t. He’s now a freshman in high school. And, my son is being bullied. What is happening? This bullying has apparently been going on since October, according to my son. We didn’t find out about, however, until a week ago. Why not? Two reasons: First, our son was trying to handle this situation on his own. He told us that the … [Read more...]

Are Children with Autism Singled Out

Are Children with Autism Singled Out? – Part Two This is a follow-up to an incident that occurred at my child’s school a week ago. What was the incident? In a nutshell… My son attempted to charge his phone during a non-designed time in a math testing room. He was about to take a math test, and the co-teacher told him he could not plug in his phone. My son protested and got surly. But, then he complied. He put away his phone and began to take his math test.   In the middle of taking his test, the co-teacher interrupted him by handing him … [Read more...]

Are Children with Autism Singled Out

Are Children with Autism Singled Out?   Why do I ask this question? Because of what happened at my son’s school just this past Friday. Why is this past Friday important? Because this past Friday was only a few short days after the latest awful school tragedy, this one in Parkland, Florida. In this version a “weird” “outcast” “loner” nineteen-year-old ex-student walked into his old school and killed seventeen people. Last week, this latest school-related tragedy was on all of our minds. Including school officials and … [Read more...]

Autism and a Serious Injury

Autism and a Serious Injury   My son broke his foot two weeks ago. What happened? Well, sometimes a teenager with autism is just being a typical teenager. Our son likes to ride a Razor scooter to help regulate his body. He brings it to his grandparents’ house and on vacations. Most of the time, he rides it on our street and on our driveway. Our driveway is on a hill. Our son likes to go to the top of our driveway and ride down, fast, and then turn left into our garage (halfway down the long driveway). For several years now, we have … [Read more...]

Autism and Just Being a Teenager

Autism and Just Being a Teenager The title has two meanings because sometimes my child has autism and other times, well, he’s just being a rather typical teenager. How so? Testing and pushing boundaries is one way. With attitude. It’s a lot of fun for parents! Another way is when he recently changed from headphones to earbuds. My son has always had an affinity for listening to stuff on his iPad with headphones (encouraged, of course, by his parents so that it’s less noisy, especially in the car) Earbuds are “cooler.” So, the headphones are … [Read more...]

Autism and Public Speaking For a child with autism, my son really doesn’t have a problem speaking in public. Why not? Good question. When he was younger and had to do an oral presentation at school, he did them. We didn’t go to the teacher and say, “Well, he has autism so…” Instead, we had him practice. We helped prepare him. I remember having him sit at a chair in the kitchen (as if he were sitting in his seat at school), stand up, face me and my husband, introduce himself, and launch into the topic. I tried to recreate what it was going … [Read more...]

DeVos Hurts Special Needs Families

DeVos Hurts Special Needs Families   Education Secretary Betsy Devos eliminated 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities. The documents fleshed out students’ rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act. The regulations were not rescinded, only the policy documents put into place to guide how schools could use federal special education money. The documents were useful to help parents and schools understand the way the laws are meant to work. 63 guidance … [Read more...]