At our reconvened meeting yesterday, the team reached a consensus that The Boy’s needs would best be met through the pilot program at the school across the county! He and I will visit early next week, and will officially start the Monday of (American) Thanksgiving week, which I hope will give him transition, being a short week.
I have to say that I was intimidated by the number of people that would be there, and I wasn’t sure of everyone’s agendas, but it turned out to be a very positive thing, and a constructive process to arrive at our decision. Everyone there was really interested in what was best for The Boy, and I was very pleased at the level of conversation.
And for all of the hoping I’ve been doing, I know it won’t be “the answer” to all of our problems and issues. Indeed, we may have exchanged new ones for the old. But I truly feel that the depth of knowledge of the special ed staff in regards to autism, the training that the general ed staff has received and continues to receive, and the fact that The Boy has actual friends already at the school will go a lot further towards our goals for him than the program he is currently in.
I’m anxious for him, as it is all another change, and big one (and lots of little ones!), but I’m hopeful. More hopeful than I’ve been in a long time.