Son is fine at home,not at school.

by Molly
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My 11 year old son was diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder a few years ago. I noticed he had some SPD tendencies even then.He was on meds to help with focus and to control some of his behaviors.Meds caused health problems and I took him off. Now some of his old tendencies are cropping up and they even mentioned a group home at one IEP meeting. Well,that wont happen,God willing & if I'm able bodied it wont anyways!

But the thing is,hes absolutely fine at home. He does not exhibit these behaviors at home.I can manage him just fine. His speech has improved,conversations and he seems more mature emotionally as well. I just don't know what to do.I'm at my wits end. Can anyone give me any advice please?! All advice is appreciated and thanks in advance!

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Mar 06, 2012
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You are not alone
by: Beck

My son is in the same boat. He is high functioning and because of this they assume reactions to sensory stimulus is behavioral. I am trying to avoid medications as well. At the moment we are using natural homeopathic drops, fish oil multi vitamins and trying to avoid preservatives, un natural colours and flavours as well as dairy, as they all affect his concentration, ability to control impulses and behavior. We have the school trying to identify when he is loosing focus or "missbehaving", so strategies can be put in place. During break time they encourage him to spend some quiet time inside, as the yard noise gets him too reved up. He is sat at the front of the class to avoid distractions with quiet well behaved students. We have also been spending out of hours time in the school yard to enhance familiarity and make him more comfortable. At home we re enforce as much as we can with social stories, but it still doesn't help him to control his reaction to sensory imput. You could try getting an occupational therapist in to observe the "problem times" to help devise strategies and highlight to the teachers why certain behaviors are occurring. Good luck with everything. Hope something works for you.

Mar 03, 2012
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There is a school I am sure of it.
by: Bubby

I know just what you mean, my grandaughter had a ruff time at school also. We found a school for Autism in our town and she is doing very good there. Nobody judges. If you could find a school for Autistic children I am sure he would feel at home. And the other parents support each other. Good Luck to you and God Bless.

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