Thursday, May 31, 2007

Seesaw

One day he's "normal." One day he's "on the spectrum." Then he's normal again. The next day he's "stubborn."

One of the ladies from ChildFind came to observe Jack in the classroom yesterday, and although he was typical Jack, preliminary reports from unamed sources suggest that he probably won't qualify for services. Apparently, according to this source, ChildFind only cares about cognitive ability until the child is in the public school system. Then they will address social problems. And Jack has passed all the cognitive tests with flying colors. And the observer thinks that Jack may just be "stubborn," which seems to me like a specious diagnosis.

So no matter that he won't talk to another child, unless it happens to be his brother, and that that will almost certainly affect his schooling, and no matter that these exact same ChildFind people seemed genuinely concerned about him not too long ago at his assessment, and no matter that his pediatrician told me two days ago that he will need services to teach him about social integration...

Granted, I haven't gotten their report yet nor have we had our IEP meeting, which I am really starting to get nervous about and it hasn't even been scheduled yet, so who knows what's going to happen.

For the most part Jack does all right and I have caught him a few times lately getting pulled into play or conversation with another child, so I'm not as freaked out as I was a month or two ago, but I'm still worried about making sure he gets what he needs. I'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

  1. Stimey, I know you're concerned, but Jack did SO WELL over at our house today -- I couldn't believe that he and Widget were talking to each other and interacting and generally just having a fine ol' time. Actually, I could believe it, cause he's such a great kid, but after a week away from kids, it did my heart good to see them (and Quinn) play.

    Three cheers for Jack!

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