Why the diagnosis of autism stinks cont.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
First, I want to thank you all for your kind words and great suggestions that you posted in respond to my blog "My heart was broken today (again) or why autism stinks...." My daughter is having better days although all those snow days are making it hard for her. She loves children and the interaction with them..... even when she gets hurt over and over again.
The whole situation is complicated by the fact that she attends special education school. The school has a mixed population. There are students with all different issues from nonverbal to badly-behaving teens, from low-functioning to completely competent students. This is, partly, where the problem lays. Since each student already has some problems to deal with, they are much less willing to accept another child with problems such as my daughter. I don't know if things would be better for her if she was placed at regular school environment. Probably not. Many of the "regular" schools deal with students who tease or bully special needs students.
I believe that the best solution would be to find a school that strictly accepts only children on the autism spectrum and where the staff is fully aware of the social problems such children have to deal with. Unfortunately for us, there is not such a school, at least not in Connecticut. I do keep searching but so far my search came empty.
I know my daughter desires friendships. In many ways she is "typical" like any other child. However, her struggles stem from the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Her therapist is hoping to start a dyad sessions so my DD can spend some time with another "friend." My hope is to resolve this situation sooner than later. Teens are prone to depression, and having to deal with being different and being all alone can only contribute to depression.
Here is to hope!