Well, okay, I wasn't actually dead or even sick for that matter but....I have been absent on my blog here. Sorry about that. It has been an interesting couple of weeks over at my house. As some of you may remember, I was having issues with my son at the school. Thank you to everyone that emailed me with suggestions and support. It makes such a difference to know that I am not alone in my struggles. I wanted to give you all a quick update. We had two IEP meetings last week with the 'group' at the school about Ben. Things had escalated to where not only was he not doing work and being sent home, he had started running out of the school. Needless to say, the principal and teachers thought that was unsafe. I had to agree. Ben used to run off regularly but since he has been in school, it has been a rare occurance and even when he did run, he didn't do it from the school. I know I said I was frustrated with the school, but after our meetings last week I have to say that I am impressed. This was the first meeting where the behavior analyst was there with data she had from actually observing Ben in the classroom. The psychiatrist had also observed him. It was really eye opening to me to hear what they had to say. I learned a lot. As a mother it was hard for me to see the diabilities Ben has. When I see him, I see all he can do and I have gotten used to what he can do and I guess I don't expect things outside of that. When the analyst starting talking about him, I realized I didn't see things clearly. In the end, we ended up placing Ben back into the VE class room where he wouldn't be so over stimulated and where he could receive more individual help and attention. I have talked to him about it and he is not happy about it, but the analyst warned me it would get worse before it got better so, I am prepared for that.
It just goes to show that no matter what our big plans are and how we think things should be, wer (I) really don't know it all, darn it! Every day I learn something else that I don't know. Does that make sense? I am just grateful there are people that spend their life going to school and learning how to help kids like my Benny. I'll keep you all posted.