Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday Monday

"Monday Monday, so good to me, Monday morning it was all I hoped it would be"...It was better....

Woke up tired little hungover, Mr Sesame was off today to accomodate a meeting I was having with Babs' teachers..our first one since he started school....have had mini chats with teacher as and when the need arose...this one was sort of official...an IEP of sorts..

Of course I went in totally unprepared...bad mother that I am...but they're an easy-going lot. Impossible to get anyone from early intervention team to come out to the school...when looking back over my paperwork it was back in January this year that we set the ball in motion for Babs' transition to mainstream...the result was that he get his assessment done so we could get SNA approval....they were going to pay a visit to the school to meet the teacher before the end of the school year....he's now 2 and half months at school and still no visit...have rang several times... advised the school to write letter to them requesting their attendance...will see what unfolds...


The upshot of the meeting is that they are very happy with Babs' progress...and I am more than happy with what they are doing with him...could not believe how much work he has done so far...the resource teacher is a gem as are his class teacher and SNA...he is definitely in the right setting, of that I am sure and grateful...any questions/reservations I might have had were well and truly wiped out....he is keeping up with his peers with classwork and even listens in when teacher is working with the Senior Infants and shouts out the answers to their sums...social skills improving but still good bit to go....but at least he is able to tell me the names of the children...

But the most important thing I took away from the meeting was the manner in which they teach him....if something is not working for him...they change their way of teaching it...and for having had no experience of autistic children...what more could I ask for.....damn they are good!


Long may it continue.....

8 comments:

Hammie said...

thats the way Sesame! And by sharing this you are telling a lot of other parents that the way you have chosen CAN work.

(Don't hold your breath for the EI team though)
xx

Cathal's Mammy said...

fantastic news! Long may it last indeed....

Danielle said...

Wow! What a great report back from the teachers! It definitely seems that your boy is in the right place.

And also, love the "Mamas and the Papas"! Great way to start a post...

Nan P. said...

This is good news indeed!

And what a beautiful boy you have there! He looks so cute!

So well done on lots of different levels ;-)

jazzygal said...

Oh Wow Sesame.....what wonderful news!

It's SO hard when you're not sure if you're making the right choices but I guess we follow our instincts. In this case yours are spot on....see , GOOD mammy!!!
He is absolutely GORGEOUS.

I'm delighted he's getting such great , and enlightened , support from his mainstream teachers. Things should only get better.

Well done Sesame Babs and family!xxxxxJ

Nick McGivney said...

Nice to hear the positive news, Sesame. And a fine looking young fella to.

Anonymous said...

Great news! I was almost sure that he will settle in well, but how nice to hear that I was right. Well done babs and you too. Take care, V

Sesame said...

Thanks Hammie...learned not to rely on them but will still hound them..

Jazzy...think we have been very lucky with the school...the teachers really are worth their salt..and could not be more proud of Babs and how he is coping..

Cathal's Mammy, Danielle, Nan P & Nick thank you so much...he is a looker alright..gets that from my side of the house...bit of Royal blood in him..

V...welcome back..how was Paris? How is A settling into his school?