This school year began with some drama/anxiety on MY part (of course, because Hudson could care less): new school, new teacher, etc. Of course everything has worked out beautifully. A few weeks ago, I had the first of many conferences with Ms. Perseus and the SLP and OT.
During our time I found out several things:
1. Ms. P believes in child- led, play based learning. “They are still little. They need to play.” I completely agree.
2. The classroom has several sensory toys. Hudson’s current favorites include the body sock and the vibrating snake. This helps me to understand which tools will best help meet his sensory needs at home.
3. Hudson is being exposed to typical PreK curriculum: letter/number recognition, patterns, writing his name, etc. In a special ed classroom, this is not a given. I am thankful that as a whole, his class is operating on this level.
4. According to Ms. P, Hudson’s behavior is “normal” given his diagnosis. Yes, he talks too much (remember when he didn’t talk at all??), makes noises, has tantrums, and has difficulty with transitions. But his behavior could be so much more difficult to manage. He loves to work and is engaged in his learning. Last week, he even reminded me about his homework. “Do my work, mommy.”
So, we are thankful. Progress is being made. He is learning. He is growing, and so am I.