Please Help Me Figure Out What to Do w/ My Uncaring Son!
I will try to be as direct as I can... I have searched everywhere with no success yet. Hopefully, some of you smart ones out there will be able to help me.
My son is in 8th grade. He has Septo-Optic Dysplasia(Autism-Spectrum Disorder but on low end). Anyway, he doesn't care about anything in school, his schoolwork, homework, grades. He wants to join the Army and thinks that he doesn't need good grades to get into the Army. He is very intelligent when he applies himself and will do this as long as it doesn't apply to school. He has some trouble with basic math but has been allowed to use a calculator to help with that. he doesn't like to read unless it is non-fiction about army topics. When it comes time to do hw, he fights me. Even when I try to sit and work with him on things he needs, he fights as well. I have tried grounding him by taking things away but at that point he just doesn't care. The only thing he cares about is playing games on the computer which I have also used as leverage. He guessed on all the answers on the state test last year because he didn't want to take it and didn't care about it. He doesn't have many friends but is satisfied being alone - he has some AS and sensory processing issues as well. The general public would not detect this though. We have had a meeting with all of the teachers to try to help him. They came up with a system of a daily progress report in his agenda book. This is not working as well as we thought it would. Whenever it comes to schoolwork or writing or even reading, he just doesn't care about it. ANY suggestions would be helpful. Thanks so very much!