Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Transitioning from one grade to the next

Having a child with autism makes prepping for the next school year a bit more challenging. Often times months of thought and countless meetings are needed to successfully prepare for the transition. Last year, I had quite a few meetings to prepare for kindergarten before my child was ever even registered. I was unsure of what school I was going to end up sending him to and I decided that it would be in the best interest of my son to meet his prospective teachers and the principals of the schools that I was interviewing. Ultimately, I decided that the local public school had the best resources to meet my son's needs.

This year things will look a bit differently. I don't think that we will need to schedule as many meetings before school starts, but we will still end up needing to schedule at least a meet and greet with his new general education teacher. 

I reached out to the school today to inform them that I would like to see a meeting occur prior to the beginning of the school year. Next year, the special education team is also changing. As a mother to a child on the autism spectrum, I just feel like it is in his best interest to have his new team of teachers familiar with who he is and what it takes for him to be successful. Change is hard and I just want to have a plan in place to make things easier for my son. 

Fortunately, the administrator at my son's school is amazing. She bent over backwards last year to accommodate all of my requests. I am hoping that things are made just as easy for my kiddo's transition from kindergarten to first grade. I always feel a bit uneasy about any change. I just want my child to be successful, and I just feel like it is in his best interest to have a plan put into place before any type of major transition. 

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