MJ’s IEP meeting is coming up in a few weeks. Now that he’s 15, the IEP meetings are different and he can now be included during the actual meeting. Nothing much has changed in terms of his current teacher.
She still does not communicate.
She still sends home homework that she￼ neither looks at or grades.
She still sends homework that is completely inappropriate for his comprehension level and oftentimes has no clear instructions😡.
She is one of three teachers at his high school that teach the special needs kids that are in a self-contained classroom. I tried getting him switched to another room at the beginning of the school year and was told, “we tried, but that room is the best placement for him because he is considered higher functioning etc.” Still, Mj is happy and enjoys going to school. He has many friends in that classroom and most of them travel with him to the same aftercare. I really don’t want to take him away from his friends and familiarity of his school and environment. ￼￼￼￼ I am both dreading and looking forward to this meeting. All of these issues must be readdressed and resolved￼￼.
MJ deserves better than what he is currently receiving academically. ￼￼
I will post an update after his meeting.
Thanks for reading.
We have NEVER been able to take a family Christmas picture with all 4 of us in the picture! I was determined to take one this year. Mj is always frustrated, complains, and acts out whenever we try to do it. We tried several times and took no less than 60 pictures. The result was the few that you see below.
Our family picture is my Christmas gift to myself. Something that many people take for granted, and has almost been impossible to do, has finally happened! I’m thankful to God for allowing Mj to cooperate just enough to get a picture 🙌🏽. I wish all of you Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas. #merrychristmas #happyholidays #autismfamily #hedidntwanttobuthetookapic #jesusisthereasonfortheseason #lovemyfamily #mygift #memoriesinthemaking❤️.
Family Selfies 💙
It has been a busy month in our household! Between MJ’s life Skills class, Social Skills Group, and my daughter’s activities, we all have pretty much been stretched thin. MJ has now completed the life skills class and for us the biggest accomplishment was that he now independently and consistently ties his shoelaces! That made it totally worth being as tired as we all were. I was so pleased with the class that I will probably sign him up again sometime next year and develop different goals for them to work on with him.
Today marks our official first day of Winter Break! I am so thankful that we will all have time to relax a bit and enjoy the holidays 😁.
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 💕.
Well, it took exactly one week since my initial emails for them to “get their act together.” There are now 25 grades for MJ in the gradebook, as opposed to the 1 grade that was there last week! The ESE specialist emailed me with the name of the OT as well as information from the OT. I emailed her directly, and thankfully she said that MJ was doing well, was eager to do activities with her, and was cooperative (if only he was like that at home when we wanted him to do things- sigh). I can only hope and pray that I can now take an “email break.” It’s very frustrating and mentally draining when you have to “make” people do their jobs.
Anyhow, hope you all have a good weekend. I’m gonna go hug my kids now😊
This picture was taken just one year ago. It’s funny how so much can change in such a short amount of time. When this pic was taken…
MJ wasn’t a middle schooler
He wasn’t able to swim
He had never tied his shoelaces
Had never told a joke
And He hadn’t eaten a vegetable
Now he is/can do ALL of these things. I’m so grateful to God for the progress he makes every year. My son is amazing.