I am a Specialized Educator for over 20 years AND a mom of an 8 yr old boy with Autism. Despite all the appropriare diagnosis, which alao include Anxiety disorders and Sensory Integration Disorder, despite delaying kindergarten and preparing the school and school board in advance with ALL information, my son spent the 1st 2 years of public school triggered, unsupported, and thus, restrained and secluded, then sent home, often 2 hrs into the day, EVERY day! They refused to deal with him except by the premise that he was oppositional, manipulative, or defiant. This caused trauma to him, and incredicle marital stress, and financial burden, let alone how this affected his older brother. I fought HARD, harder than I thought I could, to get him the APPROPRIATE support for him...So here we are, Grade 2....well, we finally got it. He is fully integrated, attends fulltime, has not be sent home once, and no aversive measures have been taken! He is catching up to his peers, making friends, and even has a little sweetheart, lol...he has self esteem, motivation, and regularly demonstrates pride. SO....what was the question again??????
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