What happened two days before Christmas I cannot tell you, but it has left us all traumatised. Apart from a handful of friends and a promise of help from Irish Autism Action, most suggestions from professionals and others have all involved doing things to my son to control or compel him, or sending him away.
The school system appears to be a large part of the problem - it has certainly affected his self-esteem very badly indeed. So I plan to set up a more formal meeting with his current school at the start of the new term to see if a plan can be put in place to support him, before everything slides again. The saddest part of it is that on a good day, he 'likes' school and loves learning. I don't see how home education is going to be an option, given that I have no spare time now (I'm writing this between mouthfuls - mine and Smiley's - once again), but apparently the State will provide him with a tutor if he gets expelled! Not a great option then. I'm also looking at other schools and a request on twitter and Facebook resulted in a huge list of recommended schools for me to investigate. Thank you to everyone who helped with that. All I'm looking for is one where he would be accepted just as he is, and helped to become who he can be. Does a school like that exist in Ireland? I'm not sure yet.
But most of all, I cannot do this alone.
Just telling me to love him and everything will be okay is not enough. I need practical advice. So if you have any, please do not hold back.
Note: I know I have been very tardy in replying to comments on my last post, I promise I will soon!