When my son was first diagnosed with autism, my wife and I were told, “He’s autistic. He’ll have life long limitations.” I thought, “Well, I’ll never dunk a basketball but I’m okay with that. What kind of limitations?” And there was no answer.
Later we went to another psychologist and she told us, “I can’t tell you what your son is going to do, but I can’t tell you what he’s not going to do either.” The first doctor gave us fear. The second gave us hope.
At The Community School, [our son] isn’t treated as a problem, or even as having a problem. He is accepted, he is celebrated for who he is.
Our son was happy and doing fine academically in public school up to 8th grade. In 8th grade we were told our child was suddenly a behavior problem. His teachers claimed he was rude and disrespectful. They also explained he lashed out when he was falling behind and they were trying to rush him. He would try to shut down or avoid them, but when they kept pushing he would defend himself. We were concerned that if we left him in public school he would go from a scared kid who was simply overwhelmed to an angry kid who hated school and resented authority. We also realized that he wasn’t at risk for not being able to do math. He was at risk for being alone. Like that first doctor, school gave fear to our son.
Our son is once again happy and doing fine academically. And now he has friends. The Community School has given our son hope.
At The Community School, he isn’t treated as a problem, or even as having a problem. He is accepted, he is celebrated for who he is. At The Community School his assets and affinities are used to help him develop and grow. His unique learning profile is supported to help him not only be successful academically, but to be successful in life. My wife says her favorite thing about The Community School is not having to explain our son to them. She doesn’t have to worry when we drop him off. She knows that he is in good hands. He is now part of a community that cares about him and is invested in him as a person. Our son is once again happy and doing fine academically. And now he has friends. Like that second doctor, The Community School has given our son hope.
– TCS Parent