Today M stayed for the whole school day. This is the first time since the 9th November last year. And she coped well.
There have been no tantrums, outbursts or meltdowns since she finished at 2.30 this afternoon. A few minor shouting episodes but we don’t need school to trigger those.
Her first week with the new teaching assistant has gone better than I dared to hope. Of course, M being a very bright 6 year old, has done her fair share of testing this new person, who has risen magnificently to the challenge and emerged unbeaten with a smile on her face – she told me yesterday she’d have been a lot more worried not to have been tested – and I am getting a good level of feedback every day, which reassures me. The new assistant is also quick to tell me that I must inform her of anything she does or doesn’t do that I feel she should be, so that has been comforting to know that we have another professional on board who recognises that parents are indeed the experts on their own children.
Next week we take the heady step of a whole week of full time. If you had asked me my thoughts last week I would have said I was really quite nervous about it all; today I think it could possibly all just work out well.
Just goes to show if a school takes the time to really listen to what a child with autism needs, and then acts on it, how that child can really start to shine.
Speaking of shining, here is a certificate that M received today. But she’s my little star every single day, just for managing to get through another confusing 24 hours on a planet not designed for her.