We received a letter this week and had a call from the Head of Special Education at school number 2 confirming that J has been accepted. He’s due to start an Early Childhood development Program (ECDP), this is a pre prep program at the school designed for children with disabilities, including Autism. It helps them to prepare for school and assesses their needs.
Whilst he is attending the program an Individual Education Plan, (IEP), will also be put into place. This is a plan with written goals for J, to be achieved over the next 6 months. These goals will be the major focus for J’s learning based on his specific needs.
Neither were things offered or discussed by school number 1 so I’m already feeling very confident that school number 2 will be putting J’s needs first and I’m feeling hopeful that J will have the support he needs whilst at school to achieve great results, (have I mentioned before how smart he is?) :)
He’ll start after the school holidays, there are only a couple of weeks left in this term so not much point in him going for a few sessions and then having a long, (2 weeks is a long time for a 4 yr old), break. I would probably have all sorts of difficulties getting him to go back, at least this way he’ll have the whole term to settle and get used to going.
I have mixed feelings about him starting at the school. Whilst I’m very excited about this new stage in his life, I’m also worried about how he’s going to cope with yet another change. His quirks have escalated in the past couple of months, in fact I don’t think things have ever been this hard with him. I think this is due to all the change he has to try to cope with over the past 6 months. We’ve moved house and country, he’s started daycare 2 days a week, there was the container arriving, all of the appointments with doctors, schools etc, he had alot of goodbyes and also lots of new hellos………… even the schoolies attending his daycare centre during the school holidays, (which are coming around again!) had a negative effect on him. So with all the change he’s had in and to his world this year I wonder how he’s going to cope with yet another change.
I know it may be hard to deal with this new change in his life and the quirks that may develop due to it but I hope that we can help him through it all because ultimately I think this will be a very positive new stage in his life.
In the meantime we have 4 weeks to start preparing him……………and ourselves!