I tend to dread meetings at the Board of Ed, not because I've had bad experiences in previous meetings but because I know I'm supposed to be fearful. Maybe my school district has a more responsive CPSE Chair than others, but all of our meetings over the last year and a half have been positive, and I've gotten almost everything I've wanted for Ryan. But I still walk into that room a little anxious, fearing this will be the meeting that echoes all the horror stories I've heard from other special ed parents.
My fears have once again been laid to rest: Ryan will attend kindergarten in a small class (8 children) just for kids on the spectrum. He will get speech therapy and OT on the same floor as his classroom. The teachers will seek opportunities for him to interact with typical kids when appropriate. An aide will accompany him and his classmates to the lunch room.
He will not be thrown to the wolves.
I am relieved.
And a little stunned: my baby is really going to kindergarten this fall. When did he get so big?