Yet he is still so "young". He still wants to play "This Little Piggy" and "Row, Row your Boat." He still watches Veggie Tales and Thomas the Tank Engine. But he had a "girlfriend" his last year of middle school.
He is such a little conundrum!!!
We have had wonderful successes lately. Almost conversations and break-throughs in communication. I've also had moments of abject terror that haven't been chronicled here where I fear for this young man's future. He doesn't have a sibling that can care for him -- Joe can barely take care of himself -- so what is going to happen to him when DH and I are gone?
How will his new teacher and school turn out? I know of almost no one that has gone to this school and I have no knowledge at all of his new teacher.
It is funny, but over the years, things have always worked out.
- When we wanted to put Joe in private school because of the horrible experience we were having in public school, DH got a promotion. That school turned out to be one of the best moves we made.
- When Joe was looking at high school and we couldn't find a private one that wanted him, we went back to our local public school and for the most part it was a rousing success.
- When Alan needed a private school, the Catholic school system here opened up a center for autism a few miles from our home.
- When Alan's OCD became more than the private school could handle, we were past elementary school so we didn't have to fight with the school district why he wouldn't go back to that school.
At least I am trying to trust and not let the terror win.