Public School Vs. A Parents Sanity
We have been having trouble with Jayden doing… well… anything at school. On average he brings home eight pages of homework with little notes on the top from his teacher letting us know that he did two problems the stopped or never got started on some pages at all. At the “suggestion” of the school we went with a 504 Plan instead of an IEP and at the time to me it was understandable but things are not only NOT getting better but they are getting worse. His teacher this year (second grade) is great. She writes notes to us, she modifies his work, & is pretty understanding in general but she has made it very clear that he is not keeping up. The work we have him do at home & the problems that he does do on the papers are all good. He even recently made the honor roll! She has also made it clear that while she is understanding of him the teachers at the next level will not be so understanding! We have tried alot of different things with no real luck. If I am near by and he is in his “Special Room” (kind of a breakfast nook with a desk) he burns through the work and its always right, unless he misspells words knowingly but that’s a whole different blog!
I really do think my biggest problem is that I still don’t know what is Asperger’s Vs. what is lazy or what is being 7 years old Vs. Asperger’s. You know what I mean? Its like, how can I know for sure how to handle situations when I’m not sure whats going on! I’m an EMT so when I’m on the ambulance I wouldn’t shock someone just because their unresponsive with out checking to make sure their not just sleeping. I feel like that’s what I am doing sometimes! I’m trying to help a situation that I only have half of the information about.
We had an eval for OT at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, OK last week so we should be hearing about that very soon to get him started. I am pretty optimistic that with alot of hard work & the new found help from the OT we will get him to a good place but I worry, I’m pretty crazy over protective. I am going to call the school tomorrow to start the spectacular & breathtaking show staring ME and my hoops of fire! Watch me jump through them one by one! Its not as bad as it sounds really! He went crazy at the center when we took him for his eval. He walked right up to the counter & said “Hi, my name is Jayden & I have Asperger’s Syndrome” the OT asked “So what does that mean?” with out missing a beat he starts to explain to her “well, it makes it pretty hard for me to do m work in school cause I get distracted easy” and so on and so on.
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