What is your view on social skills and anger management classes?

@dbcraff (162)
United States
February 15, 2007 4:51pm CST
It has been recomended by my sons phychiatrist that he should go to there social skill and angher management class for children with asbergers? Do these things really help or is it just a way for them to line there pockets? This particular class is also a 2 hour drive away. In order to do this I would have to hewer a babysitter for my other 3.
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@rainbow (6763)
15 Feb 07
Do you really feel he needs this, how are his social skills and how angry is he? Asbergers are usually high functioning so what effect would being in a room of different spectrum levels have on him especially with a long journey each way. I would not put my child through four hours of journey unless I was really certain. I'm not trying to put you off if you think it will help, you know your son better than anyone. Could the school, occupational therapist or a local charity set something up nearer to home? Bong has an EBSS emotional and Behavioural sesion every other week, for his autism in school time. We were offered an expensive course in the next county but it incurred a lot of other expense travel, time off work, babysitters etc and they couldn't say whether it would help Bongs ADHD because he couldn't manage the 10 minutes exercise a day required.
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@dbcraff (162)
• United States
16 Feb 07
That is how I feel about it but, I didn't want to make the wrong decision becasue of the inconvenience. Sometimes I think they are just trying to figure out how they can make more money for themselves instead of the welfare odf the child. Thank you for your incite!
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@rainbow (6763)
16 Feb 07
I felt I was being really negative and I was feeling guilty and sorry to be that way. At the end of the day if he really needs this course there must be some way of helping him without all the added stress of the travelling etc. I personally would not be prepared to trek all that way if I wasn't convinced. If you son is not violent continually because of anger problems and has some friends I wouldn't consider putting my family through this. I hope you can get soemting arraged even with a counsillor locally. Let me know how you get on, it's hard to say no somtimes as we feel guilty to our kids if we do not try everything but if you list all the pusses and minuses maybe it will be easier to live with your decision. Good luck!
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