We had our annual IEP/meet the new teacher meeting a day or so ago and I'm nervously optimistic. Every year, our school does this big thing where you gate rush the main doors of the school at 4:30PM. That's when they post the student/teacher list for the year. Right after that, everyone goes into school and spends time meeting the teacher, sorting through their school supplies and generally getting to know everyone.
This has always been a mess for Alex. Let me rephrase that, it's what I call: A Cluster-fuck of Epic Proportions.
To go into school with every single student, with parents and siblings in tow, is meltdown producing. To go late in the afternoon is mind blowing. And to not know what's going? It makes him sick to his stomach. Add all the excitement, the bustle, the noise and pushing and shoving and its all too much.
Our school works very closely with us and for that I am grateful. I know the teachers took out time from their day to help us, to help Alex. To those teachers that are like mine--thank you.
We no longer do the massive meet and greet at 4:30PM. We have a separate meeting a few days before. I take Alex in to school and he gets to spend about 1/2 hour or so with his new teacher. They sort out school supplies and they figure out where things go. He gets to see his desk, where he's sitting and what the classroom looks like. He finds his cubby, puts his supplies away and this is a big one---he gets to see the classroom schedule.
We just had our meeting for this upcoming year.
His teacher went over some of what they are going to learn this year and you could literally see him take it all in. "Mom, we're going to learn cursive! We're going to learn how to write in cursive! Quick mom, where's my pencil?"
It was quiet. It was calm. He was nervous and he stimmed. He sized up his new teacher and they nervously chatted. He met his other teachers as well---he has three new teachers this year, so for us, this year is already one of tremendous change.
|The first day of school was yesterday. |
So far, so good.
He did so well meeting his teachers. So incredibly well. Sure, he stimmed and he was anxious and nervous beyond belief but he was also excited.
And I'm hanging on to that excitement. I have a feeling it will wear off sooner than we all expect and we'll be dealing with sensory overload and meltdowns but for right now I'm excited with him too.
Wish us luck.