Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bam Bam is going to Kindergarten!

Yes, after all of the concern over all of it, we ultimately decided to agree with the comittee and have Bam-Bam start Kindergarten this August.
At his IEP meeting yesterday, I had some time to talk with the district Autism specialist. She showed hubby and I some of Bam-Bam's recent test results that were surprising even to us compared to his previous results at the beginning of the year and the end of last year. He has come pretty far in a short period - he had drawn a house from a triangle and square with a stick figure man inside where last year he could not copy vertical and horizontal lines, etc. She was concerned that having him remain in the PreK class would hinder his current progress jolt since he would not be challenged on things that would be too much of a basic review for him. It would be possible that he would regress (which we had a major problem with him last year doing). So after considering that and discussing the class models for next year that were available to him, we decided to agree and have Bam-Bam slotted for a moderate level Autism Kindergarten classroom. As luck would have it, there is one at The Professor's school so he will be attending the same school as his brother in August. My only thing left to deal with now is the bus - Do I have him go to school on the bus (a special ed bus with an aide that will pick him up and drop him off at home) and move his brother on to this bus as well??? Or do I take them back and forth to school with two little ones also in tow??? I have no idea. The thought of having them on the bus is easier but then do I subject The Professor to teasing being on the little bus??? Or do I subject Bam-Bam to torment on the "normal" bus??? What about the fact that Bam-Bam does not say his name, know his address, or anything that can ID him if the bus driver is one of the idiots you hear about on the news???? AHHH!!! So much to be concerned about with this new set of issues!! lol - Oh well! It will all fall into place somehow.
The good thing about his IEP meeting was the new goals that were written for him for now through the next year were perfect and exactly what we wanted added for him. We lucked out with his wonderful teacher this year. Wish I could take her with us to the new school! She really knows her students and how to reach each one. She is a rarity in the schools these days, especially in ESE.
So that's all about that for now. Worse case senario and he does not handle kindergarten well then we will attempt homeschooling. So there is always an option for him and us.

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