His teacher and therapists and I have all put this at the top of our list of things we're working on with him.
So I have to admit I spit out my coffee when I read the following letter from his art teacher:
It is with great pleasure that I will be giving your child an award next week. Each month, we focus on a different character trait, encouraging our students to think about, practice, and develop.And then I called my mother, and she fell off her chair laughing about it. And then I told Stu, who stared at me as though I were speaking Japanese.
The trait for March was "Perseverance."
As the Art Teacher, I watch for this quality all the time. Being an Artist means taking risks, sticking through a problem until it's solved, and sometimes starting over again and again. It's hard work. Your child is willing to work hard and stick with a challenge.
Ryan is someone who I feel exemplifies this trait consistently and is a role model for other students.
I have not met this persistent art student, patiently working through problems, but I would love to. I hope he makes an appearance sometime outside of art class.