Sharing this "interview" was not an easy decision.
Christopher, my 12-year- old son, says, "Mom, if we don't tell them, how will they know?"
1) How would you describe making friends when you are wired differently?
“Other students tell me I’m weird and I get on their nerves. I don’t even know that I’m being annoying. I just want people to like me.”
2) What is it like for you in school?
“It’s really hard. Sometimes I do weird things out of nowhere like laugh when I’m not supposed to. When I do my work, I can’t remember to turn it in and I get a bad grade. It is really hard for me to pay attention. I should be able to keep myself on track.”
3) What would you like your teachers to know?
“I’m not trying to get in trouble. If I get off track, I just need them to tell me to get back on track without being mad at me. I need a lot of breaks to move around. Being able to have everything in my backpack helps because I forget a lot of stuff in my locker.”
**It's important to check in often with your child as being wired differently can contribute to anxiety and depression.
TIP: Use fill-ins to help them open up. Prompt them with -
"I was sad when ___________."
- "I was frustrated when ____________."
- "I smiled when_______________."
P.S:) UPDATE: This interview was in the fall of 2016. He is now at a new school with a great support team!
Hang in there FRIENDS!
Holly Blanc Moses
The Mom/Psychologist/Behavior Analyst Who Get It