This past couple weeks have been full of ups and downs at our house.
My oldest son Trevor, who has autism, has been steadily going downhill in his behavior for awhile. After much thought, stressful days and exasperation, I made an appt with his pediatrician yesterday. We are now going to begin some meds to help with the anger and aggression we are seeing. Up until this past school year we have always been able to handle his behavior problems with different rewards, structure, ect. I am not opposed to medication, I just thought we might not ever have to go down this road. I am new at having to deal with this, so it just seems a little overwhelming.
And also this past week we had our meeting with the school district to determine his placement for 2nd grade. He is currently in a Language Enhanced special education class and doing OK. Not wonderful, not horrible, just OK. But I knew this was only a 1st grade program so this next school year would be full of changes. He is going to be placed in a regular 2nd grade class with 'support'. He will be pulled out for some help throughout the day, but basically will be in a classroom with 25 students and one teacher. Currently he is in a class with 10 students and two teachers. So you can see how concerned we are. We knew this was going to be a fight this year, but we are very hesitant no matter what they say. They say we can re-evaluate him this fall and we can make changes. But I really don't want it to take half the school year to get him to where he needs to be. So if anyone had any experience, or maybe even knows of some specific programs, please let me know. We are in Weber County.
But on the flip side, we had Josh re-evaluated for his speech/language today. We are going to the neurologist next month for an appt to get some specific diagnoses on paper. I asked each of his therapist to write a little letter on where he is and what they see or don't see. So since his speech therapist is pretty sure he has Apraxia of Speech, she wanted an update on where he is. He has made some progress!!! He is now at a solid 12m for everything! That is huge!! He is going to be 2 on June 1st, so he is still basically a year behind, but it was worse. He has made good improvements on everything except speech. His language is coming along and we are so happy! So we did get a good report on something this week!!
So anyway, if you have any suggestions on my oldest son, please let me know!