Just thought I would post a really positive post about dd2. She has always been one of the quirky kids (dev delays, adhd inattentive type, anxiety) and has always been socially awkward. I think her ADHD meds that she started a few years ago helped her out alot. She has a few school friends (who she has been friendly with for nearly all her life..due to girl scouts and classes) and sometimes has a playdate...but she definitely is not texting and hanging out as much as a typical girl her age.
She is finishing up her first year in middle school and it was recently her birthday. In middle school, the tradition is to have your locker decorated by friends when it is your birthday. Well last week she was surprised to find that these girls decorated her locker for her birthday. She was so happy. And I was even happier! I never would have guessed 8-9 years ago that something like that would happen. Now mind you, she's not going to be prom queen or anything, but it was nice to see her enjoy a typical tradition at school.
Just thought it would be a nice story for other parents to hear how much things can look differently for our special needs kids as they grow.