It’s almost time for school to start.
New pencils, new clothes, and if you’re Jamey, a new school too.
That’s right. In less than 3 years of school, he’s on his third school.
This new school is even further away from our house, but it has a unique program. It combines his PPCD classroom with a regular ed PreK classroom. There will be lots more kids, but also more support in the way of paraprofessionals and an additional teacher. We’re hoping that this will help Jamey with his social skills as well as his reading readiness skills. He knows the alphabet, his numbers to 20, colors, shapes, and he’s killer with directions. He also knows how to spell his first name, and knows his “other name” starts with D. We’re working on it.
His speech still needs some help, so they’ll be pulling him out for speech therapy. We’re hoping that exposure to more regular ed kids will lead to better speech as he tries to keep up with them. It’s worked at daycare. He has used less than a handful of signs over the summer. Remember, we’ve gone from less than 20 words, to hundreds. Somehow, each new word still feels like a victory.
We’ve also requested a new full evaluation. His teachers, speech therapist, and I agree that “autism” isn’t his primary diagnosis. Jamey is too social, too outgoing, too…
I feel that there is something else hiding behind the autism diagnosis. Is it ADHD? Is it just normal boy energy? Is this just who Jamey is?
I don’t know yet.
So, we’ll see what the school psychologists think. In the meantime, I’m taking recommendations for a pediatrician that won’t scoff at our dye free diet and won’t pester me for Gardasil for my teens. If you know of one, let me know!