If you've read this blog for a while you know that I love Riley's special ed preschool teacher. Each day we send a note book back and forth in Riley's backpack and she gives us a short update on how the day has gone. I highlighted some of these messages while I was trying to decide which preschool to select last spring. You can find that post here. I love the notebook!
Yesterday the notebook came home and it reported:
Holy Catfish Batman! Riley was ON today! He raised his hand and volunteered that the month was October during calendar. He read names of two of his friends during circle and he Clearly said every letter in his name. He also called Alice by name and thanked her for changing his diaper :-)
OK first I had to laugh at Holy Catfish Batman. I love that she is so excited for Riley. Then we have to celebrate Riley. I know he does well at school and he works really hard to complete the tasks asked of him. To raise his hand by himself and answer a question about what month it is is HUGE. That is a ton of processing in a very short amount of time to come with an answer on demand in a group setting. Then you add in that he is recognizing his friends names as well as his own during circle is very impressive. He has been telling us the letters in his name for a while now but only if he didn't really think anyone was listening. It was like he was keep a secret from us so we wouldn't expect too much from him.
My mom is pretty sure that if he is thanking Alice for changing his diaper then he is ready to not have a diaper. I'm sure he is too... but I'm not. That is a lot of work making sure a little person gets to the potty all the time. I need to make the time and just dive in but I've been hesitating. His teacher is pushing it as well for a self care goal at his upcoming IEP meeting. All things point in this direction except me wanting to deal with dirty pants and being forced to take him to the potty every time he decides it would be fun to tell me that he has to go and who really is silly enough to doubt a potty training toddler's need to make it to the potty fast. More to come on this topic I'm sure.
Riley's IEP meeting is next week. I think I will always have some anxiety about these type of meetings but I'm also excited for it. I want to see what the next round of goals will bring. Its always interesting to me to see what the next steps in the progression of his development are. For example I know that I want him to talk but there is a process to speech therapy. Which sounds should be developing in which order and so on. I find it super intriguing. Some days I wonder if I shouldn't go back to school for special education or speech therapy. I think it would be fun change of pace... and then the thought of school shakes me back to reality.
|Riley with his teacher Miss Michelle Spring 2010|
|Riley during school with his buddies Spring 2010|