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Letting teacher know student has high functioning autism

Should I tell my 9 year old son's teacher that he was recently diagnosed with HFA?  I don't want my son "labeled", so to speak, but I am wondering how much benefit it will be for her to know.  I just told her he has sensory integration issues, which he does.  I have not told him about his diagnisis and wonder about that as well.  Should I explain to him?
In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Nov 12, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,

I first want to commend you for writing and asking this important question.  Many parents, myself included, have children who have experienced learning challenges and often seek the advice of other parents with similar situations.

 Note- there are public eduction programs and laws that are guidelines to help children learn and hopefully work up to their full potential.  It may be that your son's teacher already suspects his "diagnosis".  You also may wish to have the special education team convene to monitor your son's progress, decide if some program accommodations need to be made and also to help you, as the parent, with a possible home-school program, if needed.

 Keep in mind that not every child is eligible for special services.  However, if he does qualify then you may wish to avail your son of what is offered.


There are many excellent groups with parent forums where you can see what parents of a child on the spectrum may recommend, too.

Here are some that are quite helpful and administered by parents-

http://www.KylesTreehouse.org
http://www.OurJourneyThruAutism.com
http://www.Autismnews.com
http://www.HollyRod.org

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families™

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