Ready for a school update? We are a couple of weeks into the school year now and things are going well. Tom moved to a new classroom with a whole new team. His gym, music, and Orientation & Mobility teachers are the same, but everyone else is different. His physical therapist didn’t change but she is out on leave at the moment. He’s got a sub that’s doing his aquatic therapy and he’s loving it again this year. He is a little fish!
That much change had me a bit worried, but he’s been fine. I don’t know if he tries to run back into his old room sometimes, but he seems fine. I get great progress notes from school. He sounds like a busy little bee and he sure is tired when he gets home.
These first couple weeks are filled with evaluations and I’m very interested to hear what they have planned for him academically. I know what his IEP goals are but I am wondering what tactics they will use to achieve them. Tom’s school is full of creative people so I know they’ve got great things planned.
Last year they had him reaching high on a peg board to play a game, which worked on his fine motor skills and forced him to raise his head and body up while reaching. It also involved standing and using his body which helps Tom stay on task. Like most kids, he is wiggly, but with his blindness comes a need for extra stimulation sometimes. They find ways to make that happen while keeping him on task. Sometimes he wears a weighted vest that also gives him some good physical feedback.
So you are probably wondering what we are doing with that SMART Brailler? Well, we are taking it easy. He goes to school all day and he should be able to have some fun when he gets home. I leave the brailler out on a little table near his toy box where he can run right into it. That’s the idea! I want him to come across it and play with it sometimes. That’s enough for now.
This weekend we will be celebrating Tommy’s 5th birthday. Every year we have a picnic with friends and family to celebrate how far we have come. It’s been quite a journey and I never would have believed I’d be taking Tommy to Idelwild Park and riding roller coasters with him if you had told me that when he was a baby. Sure, Tommy and our family have been through a lot, but he keeps us going because he’s busy being a little boy. He doesn’t worry and just enjoys life as it comes. I need to be more like that!