Last week I wrote a post about Assumptions - well, today was the first Parents Association meeting at The Boy's school. I was pleasantly surprised. I met two AWESOME moms whose kids are in the ASD Horizon program with The Boy. And I was reminded of all the reasons why I was so impressed with the school.
Last week I made assumptions of my own. And I should know better. But I think as a Special Needs parent, I have become jaded against the Board of Education. I think at times, it's easier to believe that they will fail before given the opportunity to succeed. I think that I have built a wall of protection, with a guard and a wrought iron fence around me. Today I was reminded - I need to work at tearing down that wall. Or at the very least, giving the guard a break.
It's been a rocky beginning for all of us. Just as The Boy is having difficulty with the transition. So am I.
All this week, I've been in communication with the teacher and more importantly the Principal. She truly is a dedicated professional. And I feel reassured that they will do their best to help The Boy.
I remembered what both the Teacher and the Principal said last May when we met. They were clear to tell me they weren't promising miracles. And I remember saying, I didn't expect any. All I wanted was for The Boy to be given a chance.
And that's exactly what they're doing.
So for now, I'm keeping an open mind. In the end, it really may not be the most appropriate placement for The Boy. But I will know that they tried. And that's all I ever wanted them to do.
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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.