It is hard to believe that we are starting the second half of second grade. It seems like just yesterday I was at our kinder meeting saying he would never last a whole day at school. He did a great job and loves school.
Now second grade has been a bit bumpy…the teacher is not a fan of special needs kids and hates that both his parents are teachers!! She has no patience and thinks a sensory break is getting all the kids in the class to do jumping jacks…really… She has tried to road block his yoga breaks with the nurse and has made him feel bad about his writing and lack of focus. Since he was up for his three year re-eval we decided to have all the testing repeated to see where he was functioning at. We were both pleased and saddened by the test results. While they show he is highly intelligent, his processing speed is 7%….so this gifted child with SPD now has a significant processing disorder. …continue reading
“I need to buy B. some new sneakers. Can you recommend a shoe store?”
It was a simple question, not unusual for a relatively new family in town, as we were, to ask. But in this case, it marked a realization for me: I could ask our OT questions—any kind of questions pertaining to my child. Not only that, she would answer them with a true understanding of our child’s needs, an understanding often better than my own.
She would understand that the discount shoe superstore 35 minutes away isn’t the environment we can handle, even if it would save a few dollars.
She would understand that I usually buy B.’s shoes—Velcro, of course—while shopping alone or with my younger child at Target so that B. can try them on at home, perhaps a week later, whenever I think she’s in a state to handle it, and so I don’t waste much money when they get rejected after a couple of wearings or worn to oblivion within weeks by her constant jumping. …continue reading