Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The ugly face of kids today

Its been a very sad week over here in Percyland.  I'm not sure how many of you know but my eldest child has Aspergers.  He looks like regular kids but well the fact is he isn't.
Jon as Super Green Man!
It has been our experience that children on the spectrum are particularly vulnerable to being bullied at school.  Brett, my wonderful Husband, and I have aware that the long-term effects of bullying can be serious for a child and according to some research findings I've read, bullied children can end up with long-lasting insecurities, behavioural issues and low self-esteem, as well as poor concentration. They may refuse to take part in social situations because they are afraid of being bullied. Bullied children may also experience stress-related illnesses, some may go on to develop mental health illnesses.  We won't let this happen to our spirited little boy on our watch!!

So with this in mind we have decided to remove both of our boys from their current school and place them in the local public school that has the resources needed to get our son through these formative years.  It wasn't an easy decision, in fact I've think I've cried more over the last few days than in the last fe years.

Also we think it might be good for Jon to be in a larger school environment, his quirkiness is amplified in such a small school and I have read that some children with autism benefit from having contact with other children like them.  They say that knowing other children have similar difficulties and experiences may make them feel less isolated.

So keep us in your prayers or send us positive vibes, as this isn't an easy time for our little family.



bec said...

oh christine, my sis in law is an integration aid and works with many kids in the spectrum. she has certainly found that her kids benefit from interaction with other spectrum kids.
good luck to the boys at their new school, im sure it will all work out wonderfully! xx

George & Nicole Devet said...

good on you Christine. My son has autism and is thriving at our local public school....Nicole

C Percy Designs said...

Thank you lovely ladies for your comments, it does make me feel more confident in my decision.