I have been so busy that I totally forgot to post about our visit to MJ’s new high school! About two weeks ago, Hubby and I went to visit Mj’s high school. The school is huge and has over 2,700 students! As soon as we went into the front office we were greeted by the ESE specialist. I found it so funny that the first thing she mentioned was how safe the kids would be and how they were supervised everywhere they went. She seemed to already know that that is what we were most interested in! She went through explaining the morning drop off and told us that the official tour would start in a few minutes. During the tour, all of the parents and our kids, were able to visit three classrooms and meet all three ESE teachers as well as one of the teacher assistants. We also met one of the speech teachers who seemed to be really warm and friendly. MJ was so happy to see several of his friends from the middle school who had moved on to high school the last two years. MJ commented about how big the school was and I could see that he became more comfortable after seeing familiar faces. The entire visit really has relaxed me a bit as well (Hubby is never worried). MJ has done so well in middle school and though I’m still a bit nervous, I’m also excited to see what the future holds.
Other than the above surprise from MJ, my daughter wanted me to ” make an appointment” with her for a foot massage and gave me a VIP sticker to wear for the day. These little things mean so much to me. I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day 💕.
While having bible study with my daughter, MJ came in the room and said, “Mommy, what are you doing?” I told him we were learning about Jesus and asked him to stay for a few minutes. To my surprise he stayed and watched the animated bible story and actually paid attention the entire time! Mind. Blown! Now, I’m not sure how much of it he understood but this just may be the start of something wonderful.
Pic from YouTube.com-Kids Bible Lessons
This is the second time in a year that I have heard one child say this to another child. It happened right in front of me and I had to use everything within my mind, soul, and body to remain as adult and professional as I could without “going off” on the child.
After taking a long, deep breath I explained to her that the statement was ignorant, rude, and offensive. I explained how intelligent Autistics are and how they think and see the world differently. I encouraged her to do some research. Then I proceeded to show her my huge autism pin along with two autism bracelets that I was wearing proudly!
It made me extremely sad for the entire day. I kept thinking, “Where are they getting this information from? Of all of the things that could have been said, why was “autistic” chosen?” It showed me that WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO! If we want our kids to truly be accepted, then kids and adults must be educated about autism. I also wondered, why did I hear it? Is this something God wanted me to hear for a reason?
Towards the end of the day, the child did apologize but it didn’t change the way that I felt and still feel. MJ does not deserve a world that thinks so little of him.
I know I can’t be the only one who gets nervous when they see the school phone number pop up on their cell phone! That’s exactly what happened this week. As soon as I saw the school phone number pop up, my mind went to gloom and doom lol! I automatically began thinking, “oh no what happened to my son or daughter?!” Fortunately, it was a call from the principal of the high school we were praying MJ would get into! He informed me that MJ received the school reassignment and that I needed to come in to register him as soon as possible! I was really impressed by the fact that the principal personally called me to let me know this information. I’ve done reassignments before but this is the first time that I received a personal phone call. Thrilled to hear the news, I registered MJ by the end of the week. It hasn’t really hit me yet, that he’ll soon be in 9th grade. It hasn’t even hit me that my daughter will be entering middle school! This upcoming school year is going to be a doozy. Anyway, I received a wonderful email from Marcus’s current speech teacher. We will be really sad to leave her..
Great news, that school has a great ESE program and Marcus will be with his friends. I know the SLP there and will recommend Marcus; although, I don’t think I am ready to see him leave, I love him, he is such a wonderful kid (you told me the day we met) and I will miss him greatly. I will go with them on a field trip to the new school, we will visit the classrooms and other areas, meet the teachers and get familiar with the school. You are also invited to go with us.
It was so nice to receive this email from her and hear how much she loves MJ.
It gave me some much needed peace about the future😊.
I recently received this alert saying that I have been blogging for 3 years! I honestly cannot believe that it’s already been that long. I remember how nervous I was to begin blogging. Where MJ is concerned, I tend to be a little bit more private than I normally would be. MJ was ending his 5th grade year and hadn’t even started middle school yet! Boy was I anxious!!! As the days and months go by I continue to write and read other blogs and learn so much from other special needs parents. The knowledge and support that I have received has been truly wonderful. I’m looking forward to many more years of blogging 😁.
I wanted to give you all a short video of MJ at Music Therapy 🎶. I love that he truly enjoys going and I never have to force him out of the house 😁. This children’s ability Center has been amazing!