Monday, February 27, 2012

Autism: The Growing Up Part

My son is autistic. He's high-functioning, but not Aspergers. What's the difference? He doesn't have the academic focus that many people with Aspergers seem to have. He could never have gotten through high school without support.
He still has no math skills at all.  He will probably always need help handling money.
He's 21.  Almost ready to age out of the school system.
What's next for him?
We're hoping that the THRIVE program at the University of Central Missouri ("Choose Red") will be a good fit.  It's a two year residential program, and not too far away from us. In fact there are other similar programs, but they are in Iowa, New Mexico, Illinois and somewhere on the east coast.

The other worry: alcohol. My son is 21 and was delighted to order his first official beer in a restaurant (for what it's worth, the beer was Boulevard Pale Ale, which is a delicious choice).  He could not finish it. Yay!

So far, he seems to be aware that drinking every night, for instance is not a good thing. In fact, I don't know if he even felt high from his first beer. But there's alcoholism and other addiction issues in the family. I just worry. I am a mom, after all.

1 comment:

Bob said...

Being a mom allows you to worry. My mother worried about me all of her life (and sometimes for good reason even though she never knew it). Worrying never made anything better for her, but then she was a mother too.

Best wishes to your son for a fabulous adulthood and life.