Today we had our first parent/teacher meeting, of this school year, for little A.
Not much has changed, for him, this year. Although he moved up to year 2, so did his teacher, teaching assistant, and additional support teacher. So, apart from a few different children, it stayed the same.
He is working well, they are still attempting to get him to socialise and he is behind with the basics. Overall though, it was an incredibly positive meeting. In fact, in some things (maths being one) he's doing really well!
It may just be me, as I don't get any professional support at all, but I have to think ahead. So even though this was a general 'how he's doing' meeting, I asked for the SENCO to be present. I'm losing sleep over next year, when he moves to primary.
Basically, he's not ready.
I have said many times, that the school have been amazing with me and all my children. When my eldest went through, maybe not so much, but with RJ and AJ, they had caught up with the times.
Today, they have shown me just why I have such a good relationship with them.
They are going to push to get AJ statemented, so that he not only gets additional help in the classroom, but it will be guaranteed and they get to keep him!
I have been so worried about putting him in a specialised unit, I don't think it will help him. We have pushed all along for AJ to stay in mainstream. At some point in his life, he is going to have to learn to communicate with his peers. If I can get him used to being around people, from a very young age, all the better.
Please don't think I'm criticising other parents. The way you parent your child is totally individual, and not my place to judge. I just didn't want it for us.
I've come from today's meeting feeling more positive, about his future education, than I have in a long time.
Basically, I don't want him moved and they don't want to lose him.
It just goes to show, they follow my mantra: