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I live in Beaverton. Does anyone know of a high functioning (but highly sensitive) school for Autistic teens that is also tuition free? I am a college student, but mom of four. I have a highly sensitive 13 year old who struggles with social skills in the regular school district (middle school.)My child has been diagnosed with learning disabilities. I am in the process of having further testing done on her for spectrum disorder.
I don't know of any special school in Beaverton. Eugene used to have just such a middle school but I believe budget cuts have shut it down. It was popular with parents.
Middle school is such a tough time for teens as it is - plus you mix in disability issues. I can only suggest you do the best you can as a parent to help your own child. If your child has horrible difficulties in the public school system, consider home schooling if that is even an option. Otherwise, you can help with social issues by reading up on Michelle Garcia Winner's curriculum to teach social skills. I like her stuff because sometimes you can check out the books at the library and her stuff is spelled out and easy to teach.
Academically, if you child struggles, you may want to consider SRA Direct Instruction curriculum. We had lots of luck with Essentials for Algebra. With just a little more math he passed the OAKS test! They also have really good reading curriculum, especially for comprehension - we are finishing SRA Corrective Reading Comprehension C.
I wish you good luck. If you have any specific questions you'll want to ask them in the forum area.
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