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Help! Need guidance as to options for my aspergers teen education? What are my options?

I have a 17 yr old Aspergers child. He is in the 9th grade at a private academy in MS and has been there a year.  Today I met with the principle that informed me that they do not have the resources available to teach my child with his disabilities and that he will never graduate from there. Also stated I am wasting my money sending him there unless I just want him to have the "high school experience" and they will just put him in some classes with the understanding that if he disrupts class at all they can expel him. I am at a loss. The teachers also discussed with him that he just needs to quit and get his GED and learn a trade or something! That is not for them to decide. I am in an area where I have limited education options for him. What are my choices. As a mother I feel he deserves every opportunity to succeed in this world that any other child has. How can I just say it's ok for him to quit when he cannot function in an adult world! He has the mind of about 15, struggles with any academics, but is not handicapped or stupid.  He is a very good natured child and loves to help anyone. He is very capable of learning anything with the right teaching. He has had a yard service, he was the manager of the football team, he was voted most courteous junior high male, he loves to do carpentry type stuff, he learns about anything he is interested in, unfortunately not interested in school work. He is very intelligent but I just have not found the right answer for him. HELP!
In Topics: Special needs
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Apr 15, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,

Please consider going to the local public school and asking for a full multi-disciplinary review of your son's psycho-educational profile.  Together you can help to develop the right for plan for him, which may or may not include vocational training.

As for the school your son is in now- I would advocate for your son. Many times people will have a negative outlook for children with learning challenges due to misconceptions.  Here are some POSITIVE websites to help you garner information for yourself, your son and any educators.

The Coffee Klatch- A forum of parents and experts to help families with special needs children and adults http://www.TheCoffeeKlatch.com

Our Journey Thru Autism - Parents and experts helping families on the spectrum for a wide variety of topics- including education.  http://www.ourjourneythruautism.com

The Spirit of Autism- One mom's help for others in similar situations.  http://www.SpiritofAutism.com


AutismSpeaks:  A large group with many, many resources http://www.AutismSpeaks.org


KylesTreehouse - Kids and Parents help others on this site! http://www.KylesTreehouse.org

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families

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