Hi, question for parents who have a child with either aspergers or high functioning autism--
My son is 3 1/2 years old and is enrolled in a special ed preschool program. He was originally diagnosed with classic autism one year ago. Since he has been in school and getting speech therapy at home, his speech has increased from around 30 words back in September to a huge vocabulary and being almost able to start talking in sentences now. His other problems are the same: poor social interaction with kids his age, can't function without a schedule, and is obsessed with maps and memorizing countries. It's almost as if he became high functioning overnight.
The reason I am on this board is because the autism boards are more focused on lower functioning children and I cannot get help there. My son loves school and does well, but I have gotten a lot of comments from teachers and parents who don't believe my son has autism at all. Of course, not everyone understands AS or HFA.
My son's teacher thinks he has problems with hand coordination just because he doesn't want to color during circle time. I observed him at school and noticed that my son was watching other kids and wanting to join in with the talking and giggling, but he didn't know how. Instead he started getting upset and grating his crayon into his paper and tearing it. Since no one was paying attention to him, he sat there and talked to himself: zipper starts with z, zebra-stripes, stripes starts with s, sand-brown, brown starts with b, etc. His teacher thought he wasn't paying attention and kept trying to hold his hand, which made him more upset.
Has anyone else had to deal with others who don't understand these problems? I can't believe people have the nerve to tell me that my son would behave correctly if I punished him or that he could make friends if I let him hang out with kids his age. As if I am a bad parent and keeping him from developing correctly.