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When children are young, people realize if they say or do something that is inappropriate. We tell ourselves that they’re just kids and still learning. But what happens when you have a teenager who says or does something inappropriate? Again, not knowing the whole story, people assume your child is really weird or I’m doing something wrong as a parent. It is most hurtful when this occurs. In talking to other parents, they feel they same way. Ryan is now 16 and when we’re out at restaurants, he usually excuses himself at least three times to wash his hands. He’ll also stand up half- way during the meal and start pacing back and forth. He’s not trying to gain attention. It’s his way of coping with his surroundings. He could be anxious about something or just need to vent in his own way. I’ve received so many stares because people can tell he’s not a young child and wonder he can’t just sit quietly. This is just Ryan and it is what it is. If you got to know him, he is one of the sweetest kids and has the most infectious laugh.

Middle school had its ups and

downs for Ryan. Sixth grade was great; our school was amazing and provided an aide for Ryan. I was

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so grateful that they realized this was important for Ryan. We had the aide only part-time in 7th grade and problems began to arise. The school was wonderful in addressing how mean kids can be to each other but it was still hard for Ryan. His 8th grade year was really tough. The principal and teachers worked endlessly to teach students to be more understanding and not to pick on kids like Ryan. Unfortunately, some of these kids could not have cared less. It was a very sad year and I shed so many tears. I felt helpless as a parent because I wanted to pull these kids aside and give them a piece of my mind. I would have loved to call their parents and clue them in as to how mean spirited their kids were toward mine. I had to leave it in the schools hands and we managed through the school year as best as possible. Ryan is now in public high school and while there were a few problems with bullying in the beginning, this has subsided. The teachers have been fabulous and he is managing the transitions himself from class to class. The school is huge – 3200+ students! It is not my first choice at all that he

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