While I do love bragging about Riley's accomplishments that's not really where I was headed with this post. I have been feeling this crazy feeling that I guess would be labeled guilt about choosing a self contained class over the integrated class that we had the option to place Riley in. It seems that every blog that I'm reading and every article you see is all about how our kids should be integrated. Not only should they be but if it isn't an option then parents should be ready to fight for it and ensure that our kids are allowed into typical classes. Did I really just turn down an opportunity for my kiddo to be in a typical preschool and by doing that did I let down all the other parents of kids with disabilities that have fought for me to be able to even have the choice? Yikes that's a lot to think about.
I had a meeting with Riley's teacher, PT and OT this afternoon. I didn't have to include the speech therapist because we have an amazing speech therapist and are lucky enough that she not only works part time in the school district but we knew her in her real life and were able to get into her private practise. Riley loves his Marie time!!! Anyway, it was a great meeting and I was given a ton of positive feedback about Riley and some great ideas to work on this summer. Riley has been thriving in the routine and structure of her class. That is the biggest reasons that we have decided to keep Riley in this class. He is teacher has very high expectations for him and all of her kids. She is such a mom to them and really is protective and demanding of her kiddos. So if Riley is thriving in his current environment why would we consider moving him? Riley thrives with structure and consistent high expectations. Would having typical role models really be worth it? The biggest question that comes to me after I have typed all of this out is why in the world am I doubting my judgement as Riley's mom and the decision that Justin and I have made for him. Is it bad that Riley is thriving with other kids that need a little extra help too?
I wish there was a magical equation that would let us all know exactly the perfect setting for our kids and also magically fund it. I hear about all of these children that are in typical classes with one on one aides to help them stay on track and wonder how that is possible with all of the budget cuts. How do you make it work and get your school district to provide something special for your child in a time of great budget cuts.
OK I'll stop rambling now and your reward for getting to the end of this is pictures of Riley and Ella on Mother's Day. Kacey and her family join my mom and family to partake in a yummy Asian themed meal. Turned out pretty stinkin good if I do say so myself. The kids were "racing" down the hallway with Ella's Nana. What a crack up these two love birds are.