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8/21/2010

Another school year!


Along with the excitement of having Zane start school begins the anxiety of Logan's school year. There are so many factors to be considered...placement, if his aide will be returning, new teacher, educating new staff on how to be successful in interacting with him...the list goes on. Our county is not great as far as education goes. Logan is at a wonderful school though, a diamond in the rough, and has a wonderful responsive team. We went and met his new teacher, reconnected with his old Special Ed teacher and Logan had the chance to explore his new surroundings.
I'm...
Relieved to hear that his aide will in fact be returning this year.

Ecstatic that Logan was placed in a classroom with some kids he made friends with last year and a neighbor kid who he plays with on the playground.

Impressed that Logan opened up and started talking to his new teacher right away and told her the things he is interested in and remembered to raise his hand in the classroom.

I'm starting another school year full of hope but that doesn't mean that I go into it blindly. I made these cards last year and this year I decided to focus more on Logan and his "logan-isms", to help the people in the school understand him a little better.

5 comments:

Odie Langley said...

You know Gretchen I never really thought about how important it is to speak plainly to people that need more direct communication but it sure makes sense to me now. I am in a learning curve so thanks and I will be tuned in to how you are helping Logan and everyone else to do better. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Odie

Kari George said...

Gretchen! I love these cards! They are awesome! I just might have to do the same thing since I have two on the autism spectrum! This is a great way to communicate with the staff in hopes that they will listen to you! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

wow Gretchen....you continue to amaze me. I don't know very much about autism and i love to learn from you. What a fantastic idea to make the cards for Logan. So clearly stated that I would hope any aid or teacher would better understand him and how his super brain works. I hope you know what an AMAZING mother you are....thanks for posting and sharing so we can all learn as well....gia

morninglight mama said...

This is such a great idea- productive and positive and proactive. You are a fabulous example of how to advocate so well for one's child!

Also, I couldn't help but think of the first item on here when we read the book "More Parts" by Tedd Arnold (the first one is called "Parts")-- all about the weirdo phrases we use that are actually kind of scary when taken literally. Wonder how reading that with L would go over?

Gretchen said...

Oh my goodness Dawn it's one of Logan's favorite books! He finds it hysterical!

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