We all remember high school, don’t we? The friends, the enemies, the social rules that changed every day. It was crazy for us. But just imagine how much more difficult it is for teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome.
The strangest IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting I ever conducted was with a 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. For the sake of this post, we will call him Fred.
Fred was in a meeting with me, his parents and five of his teachers. Fred was comfortable with the meeting as he had been involved in IEP meetings since he was 8. When I asked him what he thought his goals needed to be for the next semester he clearly articulated the following:
- I want to be able to talk to 5 girls
- I want someone to laugh at a joke I say
- I want to be asked to go to someone’s house after school.
Pretty clear goals don’t you think!