Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Long Way to Go and a Short Time to Get There

We just had our boys’ Parent/Teacher Conferences. We’re so relieved to report that both are doing fantastic. Wyatt is in Kindergarten doing First Grade math and everything else is right on target if not a little above where he needs to be.

Check.

When we go in for Rye’s P/T Conference, we’re met with a title one reading instructor, a special education teacher, an aide, his speech therapist and case manager and his teacher. All of them report that he’s doing great. All of them report advances in his skills academically, socially and emotionally. They even say he’s more confident and is eager to share ideas and announcements with the class. This is a 180 degree turn from this time last year, where we all sat in the conference sort of bewildered and desperately grasping for something positive to say, something good to report… something to build on.

It was this time last year however, we realized we had to dig in, regroup and get going!

He’s gone from a ¾ to a 13 reading skill level in five months. He’s gone from simple site words to words with complex sounds and spellings. His writing is much improved and his math, is… well, getting there. He excels in geometry and is grasping money and its value. All are great things and great reports for what is expected of him.

We’ve often seen these little “spurts” and know that there will be bumps in the road. The question is, how big of a bump and how much will it throw us off our course. Part of the answer is to stop thinking about what’s ahead and concentrate on pouring as much information into his brain while we have this “window of opportunity.” Everyone is vested in him and works hard to give him as much information as possible in what may be a short time before the next bump, so that after that derailment and lost time, we can be in a fairly good place coming out of it.

For parents like us who are in that desperation mode, it WILL improve, you WILL see progress and positive growth in major spurts like many people do with their typically developing kids.

But for us, it meant digging in with new strategies, a new evaluation at the Thompson Center, reevaluating our method of motivation, and upping our game.

We could no longer be lazy/tired parents (when we really are).

We couldn’t afford not to listen to Dr. Severtson and her guidance and recommendations.

We couldn’t pretend he was doing okay when he wasn’t.

Intervention, strategy, plans and hard work are the only things that are going to get you to a place like we are today. It’s a hell of a lot of work, effort and strength, but when you have a successful Parent/Teacher conference where everyone is SO excited to talk about him and his growth and enthusiasm, it’s worth every hour of table time, therapy session, extra teaching opportunity and fit over engagement. So, for now, we’re feeling really great about our direction, our strategies, our progress, our support, our formula… and it’s such a welcome place to be.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome news!
    I'm sure much of his progress has to do with parenting and your patience and never giving up hope that things will get better. You are such an inspiration to other parents. Keep up the good work.
    Nancy

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