Didn’t those words strike fear into your heart as a kid? Even when you KNEW you had been pretty much perfect the entire year? And that you were already making straight As in everything?
Yeah… it’s worse for the parent. Maybe especially for the parents of a special needs child.
We knew how awesome the J-man has been doing at home lately. We saw his interactiveness at Christmas with the cousins. We know he’s reading. We see how much more he tries to draw us in to what he’s playing with (instead of the other way around). We know, we know, we know.
And yet… there is always that question in the back of your mind. Do the teachers KNOW how hard he is working? Do they recognize that some of the stuff he is doing is WAY beyond what a normal 3-year-old can do? Do they know how he struggles with stuff that a 1-year-old can do?
The J-man’s head teacher told us he is a gold star. That’s the term she used – “gold star student.” He’s meeting some goals already, and is working towards others. There aren’t any goals that he’s not at least trying to meet. (Getting him to “try” new/difficult things was harder the first interim period.) Next session they will have him start doing more independent things, like checking his own schedule, instead of being handed the next picture. They will be working on eating more foods – something we can’t wait for! He’s working on being more interactive with his peers in general, but he’s already meeting/exceeding the goals for working with the teacher!
We were already proud of him – we’re always proud, no matter what he does. Now we see that others are proud/impressed too.