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October 14th, 2010

Before I continue, I want to offer a PSA. The next few posts will likely be about having an ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) child in a system in which a new principal was hired to completely squelch all problems with bullying. She was enormously successful, and in part I'm aware that my son's school experience was radically different from the experiences of many, many ASD children entirely because of the way she ran her school, dealt with the parents of her children, and supported her teachers.

But I can understand that as this isn't what I normally post, people might have zero interest in it, and for those new to this LJ because of the previous posts on reviewing and entitlement, I do apologize in advance.
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There are reasons my son had social difficulty. Understand that everything I'm saying at the moment we learned by trial and error and a lot of observation, because that's what we had at the time. At a certain stage of development, children really do think their parents know everything. This ends sometime between the ages of two and three for most neurotypical children, and at three and a half most children understand that this is not, in fact, the case.

My son did not develop this awareness until he was seven, going on eight.
because I want to make clear that my son's ASD was not mildCollapse )

There are many other little things, as well, but I think that's enough to give you an idea of how difficult it would be for normative children--even the nice ones--to accept or understand him. And yet, in the end, they did.