Yeah! My book arrived. I am so excited. The book “The Aspie Teen Survival Guide” is written by Jeff Kraus. He was diagnosed in elementary school. So, far I have read two chapters. The second chapter discusses school issues and some IEP accommodations. I loved some of his ideas for test taking such as, white paper, no pop quizzes, three day notice for exams, alternative testing environment and the ability to retake a test if the student fails. In addition, Kraus discusses how students who feel they are not ready for that test, should be able to request additional study time (like the next day).
Well, it is one of those weekends where Nico has several assignments. So, how do we handle this without a huge meltdown from our beloved son?
Over the last month, we finally figured how to get our son to study on the weekend. First thing in the morning,
we give him down time. After an hour, we talk to him about the assignments he has due for Monday. We ask him,”What time do you want to start?”. Usually, it is a reasonable time.
This way he does what he needs to do for school, but he has some control. This helps him to feel empowered.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is new and works for right now. Sometimes there are blow-ups, which can be deflated without over-reacting.
Currently, our son may try to negotiate more time, but he is receptive to starting his work. I do have to frequently monitor that he is not on YouTube or reading Japanese manga on the Internet. It is never perfect.
What works for you?