I took easy child to register at the new school today. Some days he is like a regular kid and you would swear there was nothiing outwardly wrong with him. Other days, like today, his autism was very clearly present. Does anybody else with Aspie kids experience this? Sometimes I question the diagnosis because he seems so normal in some ways. Other times I am quite sure his psychiatrist was absolutely 100% correct in his diagnosis. We had to meet a lot of people today in such a short amount of time. Poor easy child was extremely awkward and shy. He did not make eye contact at all whatsoever. He stared down at his feet and refused to look up. He did not answer questions. I had to prompt him to talk when spoken to. When he did respond, he barely whispered, and the person would have to ask him several times to repeat himself. His voice still barely rose above a whisper. It was almost painful to watch. Part of me wanted to step in and speak up for him, but last year's therapist advised me not to. She says he needs to learn how to speak up for himself, as awkward as that can be. I didn't help him but I so badly wanted to! They had a female student helper that showed easy child around to his classes and the cafeteria/gym. She tried to engage him in conversation but he wasn't having any of it. He didn't talk to her at all, and when we were walking across campus he was staring at his feet the whole time. I don't even know if he was paying attention at all. I kept having to ask him if he understood where to go, and he would nod his head yes. Hopefully he won't get lost. He doesn't have the best sense of direction. I am so badly praying he meets at least one good friend this year. He is really feeling bad about leaving his other school. He managed to make several friends there, which is a huge accomplishment for him. Normally other kids think he's awkward and just plain weird. At his last school he was accepted and well liked. I am hoping for the same at the new school. We are having his IEP in 30 days to discuss his goals. For now he is in all mainstreamed classes and an honors math class because he is extremely gifted in that area. He will also have a study skills class. I really hope the best for easy child. It's hard enough for a typical kid to suddenly change schools, but for an Aspie it's so much harder.