Had a kid come up to me the other day and say my son is weird. Had another kid start a fight w/ my son. Parents often avoid me b/c they don't want my son associating w/ their kids. They get mad at me b/c they feel I make excuses for my son's actions, and they believe I accept his behavior rather than try to correct it. I'm fed up w/ the ignorant comments, but I'm at a loss b/c I can't keep people from saying such hurtful things. When my son interacts w/ other children, he often will chase them and even get too much in their face. I agree that this is annoying, but I always intervene, and I try my best each time to teach my son the appropriate way to interact. B/c of his speech problem, he has a hard time communicating, so instead he gets touchy and in your face. Other children and parents misinterpret this behavior and believe my son is being a bully. My son, however, is not an angry child. He is also very social. He just needs to be taught the appropriate way to socialize. This takes time, but no one seems to understand that. One parent told me to my face that my son "needs to be rapped." I even had a kid say, "Your son has anger problems. In a few yrs he'll be throwing things, and it will only get worse." Can you imagine? I just want to cry, b/c no one seems or cares to understand the circumstances behind my son's behavior. The kids have shunned my son, and I fear if this continues, he will have no real friends. The whole thing makes me really sad.