Yet Another Schedule Change

schedulesIt seems that several times a year since The Boy has been in middle school, there has been a sudden inexplicable schedule change. Sometimes it’s the same teacher, same class, but he has been moved to a different hour.  Sometimes, the teacher changes, and sometimes, everything changes at once.

I’m not sure why the school thinks this is appropriate, especially for students who are in the special education program, and whose anxiety is triggered by any small amount of change, let alone massive schedule changes. And the changes in this instance affect only special education students in seventh and eighth grade – the very populations for whom you should be striving for continuity!

The principal was explaining to me when we met that there were few on staff who could “get through” to The Boy, explaining that his TA was excellent, and was the only one who could do this consistently. It seems counter-intuitive then, to remove a teacher from his schedule entirely, one with whom he has built a relationship, when up until now she has taught him math and social skills.  How does a child form relationships with adults when he doesn’t know how long he will see them on a regular basis?

It may seem small in the whole scheme of things, but moves like this make me question if the decision makers know anything at all about students with special needs, and especially those with autism.

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Schedule Changes

DSC01701Spring has sprung where we live, and we have been enjoying some unseasonably warm days.  The Boy begins 4th quarter at school, and next week, I begin my summer schedule at work, thanks to an uptick in tourists in the area.

I look forward to this change in schedule, as I will be done with my work day at 3pm, meaning I have plenty of time left in my day to enjoy the weather, run errands, blog…  Yes!  I will finally have a little more time in my schedule to blog, which has been intermittent lately (I know!).  I will also get some much craved alone-time back in my schedule, as well as time with The Boy and my parents.

It will also be my first full-time working summer since… forever.  But I love my job so much, I think I’ll be OK with it.  And the schedule I’m working will give me plenty of down-time.

The not-so-great part is that The Man begins to work longer hours as the days get longer.  But we will be sure to make the most of our weekends, for sure.

What changes are in the wind for you?  What are you looking forward to?