So a little while back, I was pondering how much to publicly share about family, particularly my children. There was a reason for this.
Today we received confirmation from my son’s school that he meets their criteria for ASD — Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It’s not completely unexpected. My wife is a practicing counselor. I’ve got a degree in psych. Both of us had noticed certain behavioral issues.
Jackson[1. That’s the name he chose for himself for Daddy’s blog] is a brilliant little kid, and he’s very high functioning. He is who he is. A note from the school doesn’t change that. What it does is gives us a way to make sure he gets the help he needs in school.
Next steps are to meet with the school this afternoon, and to talk to someone about a medical diagnosis. (If he meets the school’s criteria, the odds are very good that he’ll meet the medical criteria as well, since the schools … well, since it costs them money to provide special ed. services, they’re motivated to minimize the false positives.)
I’m still processing this, and probably will be for a very long time.
I’m not asking for advice, and I’m not currently in a space where I’m interested in hearing it. If you decide to comment and tell me what I should do, there’s a very good chance your comment will be deleted.
He’s a good kid. I know he’s going to be okay. I know the rest of us will, too. But it’s hard right now.
I don’t know where I’m going with this, so I’m going to just share a picture.
(This was from two years back. Jackson was sick. It’s one of my favorite pictures.)