Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ups and Downs

I usually try to keep this blog upbeat and about positive things. There are days though when I get pretty down. Today has been one of those days.

Nathan has come home from school the past few days, pretty down and depressed. He is in a special education class that includes 9-12th graders. There are 8 teens altogether in his class. Their disabilities range from autistic spectrum disorder to some fairly serious emotional and behavioral problems.

Apparently, a girl who is the ringleader and a few other teens are telling him he is ugly, obnoxious, weird and no one likes him. Of course, with Nathan's autistic disorder he views everything in extremes. So we try to talk him through it and get to the bottom of who it is. We have to ask him questions like, "Is it all of the kids or just one or two?" "Does this happen in every single class or certain ones?" "What are you saying or doing that may trigger this?"

I did email both teachers to make them aware of it and asked if Dan & I could meet with them. I try to stay matter of fact and positive with Nathan, but I do have to say it makes me sad. He is really such a pleasant boy who tries so hard to please. He wants friends and he just wants to fit in, yet even in a class of other children who have problems, he is at the bottom of the pack.

So, if you think of it, would you please pray for him? Pray for me as well! My mother's heart can only take so much of this because I just want to see him happy.

Okay, I promise I won't dwell on the negative in every blog post. Just like I have down days, I know I'll have up days coming too.