I think school is going to be ok.

October 31, 2007 at 4:19 pm 1 comment

Owen had his second school orientation day today. I was meant to have his permission form for a speech therapy assessment filled in and returned as they assess all the preps in first term but had forgotten it. The Vice Principal was right there when I mentioned that I dislike filling them in because they force you to be honest about your kid and when you write down that his sounds (for speech) aren’t great and that he has virtually no eye contact and no attention span etc etc well it doesn’t sound good. Yes they need to know these things but they look book so it is kind of a reality call. Well the VP then asked me a couple more questions about Owen and was INTERESTED.

When Owen finally got to the top of the early intervention waiting list (having waited 18months) he really didn’t get any assistance and I was basically told that while he had problems they weren’t ‘bad enough’ for him to qualify for any aide or assistance when he went to school.

The VP was very keen to find out more. Wants to see the early reports and have a meeting with me b4 school starts and has asked if I would mind having him assessed if need be. At last someone who seems to understand that this kid, for all that he is gorgeous and funny and loving, might need some extra help and instead of the usual fob off with we’ll see I got, lets get on top of it early, lets have a meeting and discuss what he needs, lets look at the reports and arrange any necessary assessments and assistance…in short lets help this kid to not just ‘get by’ at school but to actually get something out of the whole school experience.

I know that it is early days yet but I didn’t realise just how much I was worried about how he would go at school until she said those few words….perhaps it’s silly but that 5min conversation made my day, ok perhaps I shed a tear or two but mostly just the sense of relief.

Entry filed under: my boys.

A productive weekend! Happy Birthday too me….

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jen H  |  November 1, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Well that’s fantastic Jude!!
    Jen H

    Reply

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