Saturday, April 18, 2009


My son and I went to the local elementary school today for kindergarten registration. He started attending the Children's Center therapeutic pre-school two years ago. After graduating from there he continued on to a local school on an IEP. He has experience with three different teachers and classrooms as well as riding the bus. I was interested to see how he would do.

When we first got there he had a piece of theraband to chew on and he sat through the little slide show. I took his hand and we went on a tour of the classrooms. The first is his sister's current teacher and room so I pointed to the pictures of her on the walls. I introduced him to the teacher and she was animated/ excited to meet him. He buried his head in my chest and wouldn't look at her. He didn't respond to any of her questions. So we moved on and I squeezed his hand a couple time to see if he would squeeze back. Sometimes I learn more from my children non-verbally.

He gave me two tight squeezes and then after a sea of faces we knew from our neighborhood he said "home." He just kept repeating it a couple of time"home..." We left out the side door away from the crowd. I hope he will not fall through the cracks next year in a bigger class. A part of me was a little sad. He has an IEP in place so here's to hoping he opens up once he feels more comfortable.

We handed in our registration forms and I had the immunizations in hand. this is the first time we are marking "exempt" on the form. He has been on a regular immunization schedule up to this point but now that we know he is on the autism spectrum I am not continuing on. This is a new adventure for us. I expect we will get some nasty letters in the mail from the health department.

Does anyone out there have experience with this? I hope he will have good friends and will work past the anxiety.


tiptoe mama said...

I don't have any experience with that, but I'm wishing you the best of luck anyway. I hope all turns out well. :)

Melissa said...

I am very nervous about our next year too. Our son with autism is going to have to be mainstreamed for the first time. He is 7 and up until now has been in alternative K and then a special education unit this year. But next year we will be going into the unknown and I am very nervous about it. The only thing I can say is to keep on top of things and make sure you know what is going on. Even with our son in a special education class this year, we have not had great contact with the day to day stuff and I have not been very happy. Good luck to you and your son.

hayngrl101 said...

We transitioned Kanani to mainstream kinder when she was 6. We strongly advocated for her to have an aide, which she did during her kinder year (it was a 2:1 aide). When she started first grade, the special ed teacher said they were outta money and she wasn't severe enough to have an aide. The short version of that story is that we switched schools and she has a full-time 1:1 aide. She is an anxious and easily overwhelmed kid and gets lost easily so this was the best decision we could have done for her...

Luke and Erin said...

Good Luck with school. He wont fall though the cracks, because I know you wont let him!

May I ask why you need to stop the immunization? I am just curious.