Yesterday, I wrote about how worried I was about this school year already. My son was coming home talking about watching movies every day and I thought he was doing nothing. Well, I owe his teacher a huge apology for my misjudgement.
I have to say that I am so glad that I approached the situation with delicacy rather than coming at her like a warlord, questioning her about why my child was watching movies every day. I would’ve been so embarrassed!! So, you’re probably wondering how I handled it, right? Well, this morning when I dropped Squeaker off, I simply asked her what he’s been doing for her. No judgment in my voice. Just simply wondering what kind of work he’s been producing. So, she showed me.
Not only did she show me what he was doing, but she told me how blown away she was with his skills. He knows all of his pre-primer words. He is sounding out words that he doesn’t know. Even harder words, like “friends.” He’s doing math problems in his head. He’s read all of her pre-primer books. He’s so far ahead of all of the other kids in the self-contained class that he’s getting a lot of one-on-one attention at his level because she feels like it would be unfair to hold him back. He’s too smart for what they’re doing. He can do more.
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Not only that, but he is starting to socialize more with his peers. Moreso, of course, when they have cars and trucks. But, when he’s on the playground, he’s doing well with other students. He’s not had a major meltdown since last week. Granted, he’s getting a lot of one-on-one attention, so that does help control the tantrum, but he’s still doing amazing.
All of that being said, she talked with the Autism specialist yesterday about his progress and how he’s doing, and they’re going to start trying to mainstream him. There is a 1st grade teacher next door that has a special ed degree and is very calm and she’s going to send him over a little at a time with a TA for support. We’re going to try to let him spread his wings, and I really hope he flies.
As I left his school today, I had tears in my eyes. But for the first time in a really long time, they were happy tears. My son is doing well. He’s finally showing everyone just how smart he is. And I couldn’t be prouder.