I have always known there was something different about my son and now that he is 8, and has had a couple of toileting incidents at school, people are finally starting to listen to me. I got very upset one day and went to speak to the school's family liaison person who was really helpful and decided a referral to school health was in order. School health felt that he should be referred to our local Child development centre. He had his initial assessment on Tuesday and the doctor is convinced it is Aspergers and I agree, having now read about it. She now just needs a report from school. I was a little worried about this because previously no one has been able to see what I see because he is a model student and very bright. I shouldn't have been worried though because they have had their eye on him since I spoke to them and they are seeing loads of classic signs and already have a learning plan in place for him. I am really pleased with this because I know a lot of people have trouble getting support from their school.
He also has some physical development issues, albeit mild. He still tip-toe walks and has some gross-motor co-ordination problems. He does walk funny and although he doesn't get bullied at the moment, I do worry what will happen as he gets older.
I am thinking that now is the right time to introduce him to Aspbergers, even though he doesn't have a final diagnosis yet. He is soon going to wonder why we have these appointments and why he is being taken out of lesson for special one-to-one lessons. I'm not sure how to go about this. He is very bright but doesn't get social stuff. He does worry about things so I want to introduce the subject in a way that he won't worry.
I have ordered a mystery book called "Blue Bottle Mystery" by Kathy Hoopmann because he loves reading, especially mysteries. I will read it first to make sure it will be suitable for him.
I would really appreciate any advice on the best way to let him know about how he thinks differently from others. I would like his best friend to be able to know too so that he can understand why my son behaves the way he does sometimes. His friend is very bright and very understanding but I think it would be good if he knew. Of course my son needs to know first.
Sorry to waffle on. Hopefully someone can advise me