the Boy started showing signs of wanting to go back to school towards the end of September. I thought I was imagining things, so I held back & watched his behaviors. He finally came right out & asked if he could go back to school to be with "friends I haven't met yet." He then asked me if I would find a teacher who will "follow my IEP the way a teacher is suppose to do." Yep, it was time to start the search. So, we did. We found what I was certain was going to be the perfect fit for him. He started back to school half days on December 1st. After Christmas Vacation in January, he will go full days. We have a wonderful IEP mapped out. He was super excited to go back to school. YAY!!
Day 2 was not good. He had a substitute teacher. Guess what?? When his teacher, Mr. R returned the next day, everything was ironed out. Again, YAY!!
Last week, I got a call while I was at work. Mr. R asked if he could keep the Boy all day, as my child was shutting down, & refusing to work. Mr. R needed to stand his ground, be consistent, and show the Boy that this one task needed to get done, AND they needed to find out just what it was that caused the refusal to work. My heart about leaped out of my chest; he wasn't calling to send my child home, he wanted to keep him there & work on the issue at hand!!!
We agreed that the Boy could stay all day, but if the issue could be resolved, he could hop on that bus at his usual dismissal time.
The issue at hand was dealt with, and the Boy came home at his usual time. I expected to have to deal with a meltdown of epic proportions when he got home. Guess what??? NO MELTDOWN HAPPENED!!! He was smiling when he got off of the bus!! I told him I was so proud of him for pulling it together & working things through with Mr. R. He smiled & said, "I know."
Fast forward to today:
I decided to get a mani/pedi this morning. Listen, this is a luxury I haven't afforded myself since the end of April, so I got a special coffee & treated myself. Try it sometime if you can~~it's peaceful & quiet.
Until the school calls.....
Mr. R called to ask if the Boy could stay at school longer, as he was refusing to work, then decided he wasn't going to answer any questions when spoken to. Sure Mr. R, do what you need to do
So, my nails were dry & I was on my way home.
Mr. R called....
The cause of everything?? Shellfish.
Yep, they were having shrimp poppers for lunch today.
My child is severely allergic to shellfish.
My child packed a lunch today, but that wasn't enough. He is in a new lunchroom, & doesn't want to be in the same room as shellfish. He told Mr. R that all his brain could think about is the noisy lunchroom, and what if someone touched him after they had the shrimp poppers. During the lesson in the classroom, his brain started perseverating on how he was going to make it through lunch.
Believe me, meals are a favorite time of the day for the Boy. He shouldn't be stressed about his allergy; we take all precautions for his safety, but he was bothered. Guess what??? Mr. R found him a quiet place to eat his lunch whenever the lunch being served is shellfish!!
No meltdown. Communication was two-way. Coping skills were used. My child came home happy. No trips to the Principal's office. No suspension from school.
Any doubt that may have been in the back of my brain about sending the Boy back to school is gone. I trusted my gut, & did what he needed & wanted. Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to go & cry some super happy tears....