This week Gage started summer camp and he his having a lot of fun, as you might be able to tell from the binoculars he made during jungle week. They spend an hour each day outside in the kiddie pools or on the playground, what’s not to like about that? In this Thrilling Three class they also eat lunch there, so for the first time I am having to come up with gluten-free, dairy-free, AND Kosher lunches (this is a Jewish preschool). He pretty much had the same thing every day this week so I need to come up with a few more ideas today.
I don’t think I ever wrote about Gage’s school experiences this past year, but I’ll try to sum it up for you. He entered our city’s integrated preschool (4 days) in the fall and then I sent him to this Jewish preschool one day a week. After a few months his behavior was bad at the Jewish school and the director asked us to take a break during December and to come back in January. I never sent him back. Gage’s behaviors maybe were rough, but not anything we were seeing anywhere else. I think some teachers who aren’t familiar with kids on the spectrum tend to place the blame there and leave it at that. It was a shame. But, we wanted to send him back to spend the summer with his old friends (and it’s less than 5 minutes from our house) and I talked to the director about it and she told me that I would have to send a shadow with him. We decided to pay for the camp and the aides, with the understanding that maybe we could cut the aides time down after a few weeks if he was doing well.
On Friday she pulled me aside when I dropped him off to tell me that we have done an amazing job with him and that her daughter (one of his teachers) said with or without the aide he was one of the best kids in the class. She told me how she found it hard to believe he even had a diagnosis. Did this make me feel good? Yes, of course it did. I am sure that he will have bad days just like any other kid, but he made it through the week without his aides having to do anything. Well, our Friday aide helped them change diapers – so glad we can pay for an extra pair of hands (sarcasm).
So, yes I am happy and it’s nice to know that he is doing as well as I thought he would in the first place. And I’m hoping that he has another great week so that I can confidently tell the director, “I told you so!”