My Son’s awesome teachers

So my AS son is in grade 3 this year.  His grade two teacher was the first education person to suggest an ASD diagnosis (makes it so much easier to get doctors to listen) and she decided last year which teacher he should have this year to make grade 3 easier on him.

After she had his teacher picked out, the two women proceeded to make the transition run smoothly as well.  My son was in charge of changing his own books for home readers and they made sure between them that all of his books would be located in the grade 3 classroom so that each day he saw the new teacher and could get used to her.

The next step was to always send him on the messages to that classroom including sending him just to tell a joke that he had heard over the holidays.

At the end on grade 2, each child wrote a letter to the grade 3 teachers what they expected from grade 3 and what their goals and favourite subjects were.

My son wrote

‘Dear Grade 3 teachers,

My goals are to be in my best friend’s class and to not bounce around and talk during carpet time.

My favourite subject is Maths because it has a lot of symbols and numerals, including 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0,+,-,x and /.

I had to smile when I read it because one of the things he is really interested in codes and spying so symbols are really big for him.

I nearly cried when I spoke to his new teacher about his ASD at the beginning of the year to let her know where I thought he might need help etc and she told me that they had already had numerous meetings about him last year, before his official diagnosis, to make grade 3 easy for him and she also listed all the things they had done for him last year.  I am so blessed that he is in that school (an awesome, mainstream state school) where all of the teachers are willing to go above and beyond for every child. Especially mine.

The best part is that I still get to see both of them because the grade 2 teacher is my daughter’s teacher for her first year of school and she is loving it.  She still asks about my boy too.

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Reflections on the First Term of School 2012

My children are finishing the first term of this school year on Friday.  Going into it, I was quite stressed.  My daughter was starting school for the first time (prep year, Queensland, Australia) and my son was going back to school (grade 3) with his official aspersgers diagnosis.

The First Day went smoothly, Princess walked into her classroom, turned around and told me that I could go, no tears just ready to start her day.

Jedi/spy/ninja was a bit concerned because his class has been changed to previous two years and he didn’t want it to happen again.  I have to admit I was worried about this too, because his absolutely amazing grade 2 teacher ( the first one to agree with me about the ASD thing) had hand picked his grade 3 teacher and then sent him to her with messages and even just to tell her a joke for the last 6 months and I didn’t want to lose that. (More about her in a later post). We didn’t, he is still in her class.  She is also absolutely amazing, He hasn’t had one major meltdown at school yet this year. Not one. Minor things sure, but just tears or the anxious pulling of his fingers.  She works with him and around him if he isn’t happy.  For example, he doesn’t like anyone else to sit at his desk if they are doing group work, so she never makes him move to another group of tables. (She grabbed me the other day and told me he moves now, his own choice).  One day one of the other students actually helped him to move his desk so that he could sit at it.  I love his class.  I love his teacher and I love his school.

My princess’s teacher is actually my son’s old grade 2 teacher.  That is totally the best thing that could have happened because my son didn’t want to leave her but now he gets the best of both worlds because he can see her everyday.  My girl loves her and is having the best time in prep.  They have studied the post office, snow (northern Australia has no snow so that would have been fun) in summer and hats.  The highlight of her first term of school was the post person visiting and letting every one of the 45 prep students press the horn on her scooter, right in the middle of the school, during class time.

So tonight, while I look back on the first term of school for the year, I have to say that my stress levels have gone down.  It went better than any other first term I have faced with my son and was an excellent start for my girl.  I can only hope and pray that each term this year is as good.

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