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.