I have an 18 year old daughter with Aspergers Syndrome. Currently she is at a special school that is working very well for her. But most likely, due to her inability to make any academic progress, the local authority will stop the funding at the end of next academic year. At the moment there is nothing else available for her, so I am trying to research some options
What she is good at is helping people, which she loves doing. She is very affectionate, loyal and fair. She can't cope in a "mainstream" situation, but for example on holidays and activities with kids much more disabled than herself, she is able to give a lot and be a very positive member of the group.
So she has a lot to give in terms of helping people in need, she is a real hippy chick!
On the the other hand she is very sensitive to the environment (socially), there are some things that she just cannot cope with. She can't deal with this herself, she is totally dependant on others to manage her environment so that she can cope with it.
And she has the organisational abilities of a goldfish, only not that good. She cannot organise the smallest thing and is totally dependant on others to organise her life for her.
And I am trying to work out what her future may be. She has a lot to give, but it must be in a controlled, supportive and understanding environment.
I wonder what she might be like in a therapeutic community. Perhaps it might be an environment where she could receive the support she needs, whilst also being able give to others. I want to do some research, find some possible places, and then maybe go for a trial week to some of them to see how it goes.
Do any of you have any suggestions of therapeutic communities? If you've been in a similar position I'd be very grateful to hear of your experiences