I’m trying

I’m trying to stay positive.  I don’t want this blog to become overwhelmed with negativity.  I’m trying to work with the bureaucracy of two different school boards.  I’m trying to find the best fit for us while deflecting ridiculous demands.

The demands go from the ridiculous to the sublime.

The school wants Mr. Sensitive to repeat Kindergarten instead of going on to grade one.

Another year of repeating Kindergarten for Mr. Sensitive, when there is no research to support retention and most policies support promotion with age-appropriate peers?  What’s going to happen to him when he’s ten years old, and still in Kindergarten because he can’t read?  It’s called a learning disability, folks.

And you know what, I’ve worked with people with learning disabilities for about fifteen years now.  It’s not so hard.  Accommodate for reading (or whatever area of weakness the person has), continue to provide age appropriate academic learning in whichever way they learn best.  Try to target the weakness to build some strengths.  Done.

The school is refusing to provide extra support to help Mr. Sensitive learn to read next year, or any psychoeducational assessment that could pin point his area of difficulty.

The last psychiatrist I spoke to about this thinks that’s crazy.

But the bottom line is we know most of his strengths and needs already.  And we’re working on them with the supports we can get.

Now for the sublime:

The school and supporting agency recommend a wheelchair for Little Miss Adorable to sit in while she travels in an accessible van to and from school in because nobody wants to lift her up.

She weighs less than a bag of potatoes.

She still fits into her toddler car seat.  And honestly, that’s where she’s safest to ride in a vehicle in anyway. 

So we’re supposed to come up with thousands of dollars for a piece of equipment that will be used for a few months until she learns how to walk independently?  Even if the government gives us funding, it’s a ridiculous waste of time, money, and equipment.

We have gone from the ridiculous to the sublime, with the kids along for a ride.

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About Angela

Super-powered, Special Ed teacher and special needs mama to FOUR (!) children with an assortment of special needs; including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Prader Willi Syndrome. Our family features a heavy dose of good ol' ADHD). I blog about our halfpastnormal life.
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5 Responses to I’m trying

  1. So sorry to hear this! You know your son so well and you know what he needs. One of my sons has ADHD and is in grade 8 and there is no understanding of how to work with him. Perhaps in a weird way a positive is that you’ve been able to recognize this so early with your son. Are there any services outside the school that you can access (maybe they’re only private) with people who can work with him? Also, you’re a teacher, and that gives you big clout in discussions about whether he should do another year of kindergarten. Are there any schools near you for kids with learning disabilities? Keep us posted!!!! I’m sorry to hear about the wheelchair!

  2. (((hugs))) that is all I’ve got — You have the knowledge and they won’t listen

  3. Angela says:

    Thank you all. The schools don’t to hear from me, they only want a psych report, which ironically is full of stuff I tell them anyway!

  4. funnygurl2 says:

    Ugh about Mr. Sensitive. And double-ugh about LMA. No one should be in a wheelchair unless they absolutely have to be!

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