A Rave Review of My Son’s Special Needs School
October 24, 2016
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October 24, 2016
It was on August 13, 2015 that I wrote a blog post called “My Son Didn’t Get Into the School We Wanted for September”
“So we had to settle on his “safety school” which is a 30 mile, over a bridge, 30 minute drive away…
So for the first time EVER we’re going to have to put the king on the school bus each day.
And that is going to be a HUGE adjustment for all of us. And the king who likes to sleep late sometimes and sometimes has seizures in the mornings will have to get his butt up extra early to get on a school bus…
And don’t get me wrong, this safety school really is a great school too… it’s just not as great as the other one and much further away and so much more of a life change and adjustment for all of us…”
The other thing I love about this school? They “get” my kid. Both the teacher / staff last year and this year.
We went to the school open house last week as well and met with the teacher and staff. And these people have only had my kid in their class for a month and a half. And they already seem to get him. They know when he can’t do something VS doesn’t want to do something. They seem to talk to him appropriately, and push him when it’s necessary. Basically, they get his personality, and I am so happy to see that. That is HUGE!
We are so happy that the king has the potential to be at this school until he is 21 years old.
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).
11 People Replies to “A Rave Review of My Son’s Special Needs School”
Which school the king is going to? he's so lucky to have pool every day. My son also loves water also but not luck where I'm living.
New York City Metro area has the best autism schools in the country. 🙂
what a nice story! So great to hear. I just came across your site after searching the internet for over an hour ( I wound up on your recent post about going to the dr & dentist with kids) And I am in a little bit of a different boat- I have an 8 yr old who has never been diagnosed but he's "asperger-ish." Today was the first time I really really had a hard time. we went for his annual flu shot- and this was the first time I wasn't strong enough to do the 'restraining hug' and he also knows what its all about and had a needle freakout. A true meltdown, one that I hadn't seen him have in over 2 years. It all made me very sad and upset for him because he knew he should have gotten the shot. After a long period of freaking out multiple nurses coming in, etc we left with an appointment for this Saturday when my husband can come too. I'm broken hearted for him because he told me "I'm sorry I couldn't control my panic over the shot. I know it has medicine I need and I'm sorry I embarrassed you" (omg- my heart broke, I wasn't embarrassed but just sad for him and frustrated) Poor kid knew and wants to do the right thing but just can't sometimes. Anyway, any tips out there for kids in a similar situation? High functioning but true anxiety. Any video modeling, etc I should look at? So far I haven't found much. thanks! And LOVE this blog- I'm hooked!
follow up- just spoke with my son's pediatricans office and a nurse recommended a "shot blocker" which I found at the local CVS. We'll give it a try. I appologize for blocking up your comment section with this topic. You have a great site and its very well done. I just wanted some advice on how to help my son with his panic over getting a shot. As I spoke with the nurse at the pediatricians office- panic attcks, meltdowns over getting a shot goes across the board- they have seen it in kids of all ages, boys and girls, NT, Aspies, HighFunctioning, LowFunctioning, even some adults!
Because I have a dear friend who got the flu last year and wound up with sepsis and lost both her legs and all the fingers on one hand. She never got a flu shot before and was otherwise a healthy 40 year old who never had a medical condition before. When you hear that and it happens to someone you know- it scares you into never skipping a flu shot again
Flu vaccines carry live bacteria. Why do parents think it is a good idea to upset a delicate digestive system of their sensitive children with extra toxic substances?
As a Special Education teacher, it is so nice to hear the positives!! Thank you for sharing.
Sounds like a wonderful school and great fit for your family. I'd love to know which one you are writing about. We are going to start looking for out of district placement for our son in a few months. Wish us luck!
Thanks for taking the time to write this. All to often we hear from unhappy parents. Kudos to that staff for caring so much about kids. I hope he continues to do well.
So glad that everything is working out for the KING and You/Wifey!
Yes!!! So happy for him and your family!
I have triplets with autism—the girls are mainstreamed in gen Ed, and their brother was in a special ed room in the district. We were able to place him in the developmental school for our county, in a slightly lower functioning classroom. All of the fears you spoke of, I had as well (longer bus ride, farther away) but so far this school has been amazing for him. ESOECIALLY in that they get him. They GET him–like it's no big thing. And the POOL as well, for my son that's HUGE!! ❤️—SJ