Last week Dimples began attending public school rather than the school on the campus of her program. This is huge for her and another leap of faith for me. It’s very hard for me to trust people to care for my children, and it’s taken me a long time to feel comfortable with the staff at her program. The thought of adding teachers and other staff, especially when I can’t be there, is tough.
Dimples has always loved school and done reasonably well. The purpose in sending her is to mimic as closely as possible what life will be like when she returns home. She is making her lunch, setting out clothes, needing good hygiene, managing homework, and navigating relationships. It’s an opportunity to practice and learn strategies that will help her be successful.
I expect the greatest challenges will not be at school, but will be in the transitions before and after. If we can get some of those figured out while she is still at her program, it will make a huge difference at home.
She was excited and nervous when she learned of this change. Dimples recognizes that she has made enough progress for this to be possible, so it is affirming after the hard work she has done.
There are quite a few details to sort out, particularly relationships with peers who don’t know that she is living at her program. We’ve given her truthful scripts to use when asked why she is starting at a new school now, why she can’t attend a sleepover, etc. It’s a little complicated.
I hope to visit Dimples later this week, see her school, and gather with other families at her program for a family weekend. Quite a few things have to fall together in order for me to go, but I’m hopeful it will work out.
Have a great Monday, friends.
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