You know that saying,”two steps forward, one step back”? I know, its cliche but I am definitely feeling it right now.
I made the decision over the Summer to home school our eldest son as he was becoming out of control at School. The reality is he has become violent. I have been told, by physicians and other mothers in the same predicament, that this could happen. It’s known as an Aspie hitting puberty. I know they said “it could happen” so it wasn’t a guarantee, however now that we are living it I feel as though I knew all along that it was going to happen. I hope that makes sense. All that to say, we decided on homeschooling so we could have the ability to take him to the doctors, therapist etc. when we need to. We’re essentially taking a year off public school to monitor him, get him help and stay on top of these dangerous outburst.
So far he has adapted well to homeschooling. He has his classes and labs everyday as well as required social time. The only thing that has been really frustrating, more so for me I think, is the fact that he has regressed in his favorite subject. He has always, up until this point, excelled in mathmatics. He was a grade level above in that area and seemed to just be chugging along. This year he has really struggled with it and actually had to go back into his own grade level. He was pretty bummed about this and beat himself up over it. Though I attempted many times to explain that it is just a normal phase and that he is doing just fine, he still takes it pretty hard.The upside to all this is that he has suddenly done very well in reading. Which I think is probably normal. By that I mean, his brain is obviously focusing on one subject at a time and right now that subject is reading. One thing I have noticed (and has been addressed) is that my son’s Aspie brain is A-typical of itself. Aspies hyper-fixate on one thing at a time and I am nearly positive that is what is occurring right now. There are times when he seems to be scatter brained and it’s because he’s trying to focus on everything at once. So I suppose, him being fixated on one subject while another subject,math, takes a back seat, isn’t so bad.