I feel very hopeful today! Mateo has been doing amazingly well in program. I am going to share his chart with everyone. The little gray square in the middle is where Mateo was when he was first evaluated only 1 1/2 years ago when he was over 3. The purple line is where he is today. In some things he was placed at a developmental age of 14 months. And in this short amount of time he has grown to just under developmentally age appropriate. He has worked so hard to get there, and I am so proud of him. And I am amazed by him every day.
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I am also very excited today because I have heard back from my daughter’s charter school and they are setting up a meeting to discuss Mateo’s educational future and if her school would be a good fit for him. The school is very eager to set up this meeting with not just the principal but also the Special Ed Specialist, Program Specialist and person who works with children with Autism at their schools. They also want to see him in his current setting and speak with his Aides and take a look at his IEP. The fact that they are already putting so much effort out is a great feeling. Trying to get his current district to come observe him is like pulling teeth. He has been in this program for 1 1/2 years and his district has been out there once for about 20 minutes. That’s how much they care about his educational future.
So I am feeling optimistic and hopeful. These decisions are the hardest, not knowing what a good fit for him will be. Will he fit in or will he stand out too much in a “typical” classroom? Will he be happy? Will the curriculum be too difficult? Will the school assist him or push him out? I read the horror stories out there, and let me tell you there are a lot of them.
These are the questions that keep me up at night. So far I feel each decision we have made for him has been a positive one. I am hoping our luck continues.