Thanks for all the comments re the eye closing thing. Interesting to hear that S is not alone in this one. We’ve made an appointment and will report back on our visit to the optometrist.
I think I can fairly safely say that S has now officially settled into school. He’s very confident in class, answering questions, completing all his tasks and reporting back to me about everything that he does each day. He’s very proud to read me his reader each night (and insists he must also read it to dad and Aunty J as well). He knows the names of all the kids in his class (there are only 16 which is great!) and can tell me little things about each of them too. He sees them definitely as part of an extended family and has already told me he wants to invite ‘everyone’ to his birthday party (remembering his birthday isn’t until September, but I suppose there’s no harm getting organised early ;-)).
And speaking of birthdays, he got his first birthday invite today. It’s from another prep student, but not from his own class. The child’s mum had spoken to one of the aides working with S about whether he could manage at an indoor play centre OK. Manage? He would LIVE in one of those places if we let him :-). The mum was apparently very relieved as her son really wanted to invite S. It’s not for a month, but S is already very excited!
We’ve had visits from all S’s therapists now. We’ve got a whole new team, but S’s physio, OT and SP from last year are all on hand to help. I think I am going to call them the Z team – what are the odds of 2 of the 3 of them having names starting with a Z?!
The school is very grateful to have the support of the therapists and much is being done to set everything in place for him. With the only real outstanding dilemma being seating for the variety of different places that S will need a chair. But we are working on that.
He has been incredibly tired at night and yesterday I picked him up early because he was just too tired to move. Hopefuly he’ll develop a little more endurance to last the distance, especially seeing he’s only got one more Wednesday free before it’s 5 days a week, although he will be leaving early on a Friday to go horse-riding – thankfully, AFTER art. I was almost in a lot of trouble when he thought he might miss that.
I am very happy to see his emerging confidence, although I can see we still need to work on that during recess and lunch-time when I think he’s not only tired, but also feeling a little overwhelmed by all those kids. It’s a shame the playground isn’t a little more accessible, but we will work on that. There’s still a few other little bits and bobs that we are figuring out as well.
I love that he is working on problem solving too.
Last night, as I was washing the dishes he came into the kitchen and said this: ‘Sorry to bother you. But it’s too tricky for me to choose my reader when I have my leg wraps on’.
Sorry to bother you.
My little boy who at aged 3 had never asked a question and only spoke a handful of words. I love it.
So yes, we solved the problem. Leg wraps off for reading time.
No problem at all.
My big school boy. I am so proud of him.