So far, so good.

September 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm 10 comments

     The new school, that is. We like. It seems we have found a place, and a teacher, who fit C. He’s had great teachers all along, and they’ve all adored him (and he them), but this one goes above and beyond special. I don’t know what it is, exactly – but she seems to have found a way to encourage C’s quirkiness while at the same time pushing his boundaries. From appreciating his “stream of facts” book report to offering him the chance to count the money at the school economics fair, this teacher has got him pegged.

     The class size alone (18 as opposed to 33 in his old school) makes much of what is in C’s IEP almost unnecessary, as his teacher is more able to address some of the issues he faces in the classroom. Her gentle approach to reading and her willingness to forge him ahead in math make him feel both relaxed and challenged at the same time.

      At least that’s what I think he feels. Perhaps I’m projecting, but the seeming absolute lack of stress about school are my clues.

     No more stomachaches, no more clinging to my leg in the morning, no more fear about walking into the building. There are still challenges: C still isn’t really bonding with anyone and has managed to find one kid who seems to go out of his way to bother him. After all, autism still lives here. But C is safe, he is nurtured, and he is appreciated, and with those things, much is possible.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. akbutler  |  September 14, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    That’s wonderful. Truly wonderful.

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  • 2. John  |  September 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Good news for C, and a not-so-small victory in the never-ending job of motherhood…

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  • 3. autismisnot  |  September 15, 2010 at 10:33 am

    That sounds wonderful! I am glad that C is finding his way in his new school, what a relief.

    Robin

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  • 4. therocchronicles  |  September 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

    So happy to read this! So much is possible for your boy, I can’t wait to read more!

    Reply
  • 5. mumtoj  |  September 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Great news, very happy for you and for C. 🙂

    Reply
  • 6. lynnes  |  September 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    What a relief! I hope the new school continues to work for C.

    Reply
  • 7. robinaltman  |  September 18, 2010 at 7:07 am

    That is wonderful! I hope I don’t have to go all the way out there to beat this kid up. I can’t deal with any more jet lag.

    Reply
  • 8. natalie  |  September 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    So glad to hear it Darcy. I miss seeing you though but gald its a good fit for all of you. What a relief!

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  • 9. wendy bozzi  |  September 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Darcy, so glad C is doing great! Sorry it had to come to that. I hope that I learned a lesson from your experience as well.
    take care, ~Wendy

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  • 10. aspergerssearch  |  September 24, 2010 at 12:41 am

    There are online public schools that let you stay within your school district. I know that sounds like isolation, but with sites like meetup.com you can find really cool groups or even start one. I am only posting this in case your kid C runs into trouble with public school in the future.

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