We are now going to start working on this blog again.
To update the situation at present our son is developing some words, they are not clear but they are definitely there and if you listen you can understand what he is saying or reading as is more generally the case.
Last night he sat with me and read an entire thomas book with only approx 4 words that he did not know and say to some degree of success himself which is quite good from where we started. He still could not hold a conversation and I would never consider him verbal by any means but he is gradually learning the ability to read out loud some of what he appeared to be reading to himself in the past.
What we find disturbing is that almost all progress appears to be made at home with almost no progress being shown at school (they dont see the progress at all, or when they do it is weeks behind what we see) and we find this to be one of the most disturbing issues to us is that we all know that pure and simply he needs to be taught using ABA which we do, but in school the amount of ABA that can be used is limited when he is in the classroom even tho one of his TA’s is ABA trained.
As we approach the summer my wife and I intend on working with our son over the summer to see just what we can accomplish and then when we return to school in the fall we intend on watching closely to see what progress they make in return. If necessary we will have to have a meeting to discuss why they cant make the progress we are seeing and how to correct it.
It may seem a bit harsh to those of you who dont have autistic children however when you do you learn to understand your childrens needs and how to adapt to get them to learn what they need as they grow.