Friday, October 16, 2009

School is Great!

So we increased Autumn's Risperdal to .10mg every morning and then .5mg if she needs it during the day. This has been quite successful. I must admit though, I hate giving my daughter medication. She takes 4 pills in the morning: Adderall 15mg (2 pills) and Risperdal .10mg (2 pills). Then she takes Adderal 10mg at 12pm and again at 4pm. At night she takes 10mg (2 pills) of Meletonin to help her fall asleep, without it she would be up until at least 12 midnight each night, with it she is sleeping by 8pm.

School is great. I can't believe I just wrote that. Her teacher, Mrs. Detata is a true blessing sent sraight from Heaven. She has a 6 year old son with Aspergers so she totally "gets" Autumn. It's only October 16 and she has fully bonded with Autumn! Last year Autumn never bonded with her teacher . . . hence the report card with all the F's!!!

All of Autumn's work is modified now. It is awesome. We did hit a roadblock though. She get's pulled out for Resource Reading for 90 minutes a day. There are 4 students in the class as opposed to 26 students, GREAT right? NOPE!!!! Huge problem with the timing, you see the 90 minutes starts the second Autumn gets into school. She literally has to put her things away and then walk down to the Resource room. NO TRANSITION TIME. For someone like Autumn this is a HUGE problem. Autumn does NOT transition well, if at all. So this is what I heard EVERY weekend, and EVERY morning, "I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL, I DON'T WANT MRS. OLDS"!

So I had a huge decision to make. Do I keep her in Resource which is the perfect place for her to learn, or do I let her stay in her regular class room? A few things went through my mind when making this decision. Am I giving into her oppositional defiant tendencies? Am I giving up too soon? Do I let my daughter be miserable all year? Do I have her fight and refuse everyday?

I made a decision. I pulled her out of Resource. I still can't believe I did it, I had fought for 7 years to get her classified, I finally do and then I pull her out!!! But like Autism, Autumn is unpredictable and I have learned to bend with her as well as with Autism. I know I made the right decision. I know that she will be successful with her regular ed teacher, especially since she is in full support of Autumn and Autumn's educational goals.

It's been one week and Autumn is happy, her teachers are happy, and I am happy. She goes with Mrs. Olds at the end of the day and it is fine, she actually likes going. It's all about the timing.

So I say this all to say, School is Great!

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