I attended our annual IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for Peter on Tuesday. It was an excellent meeting between teachers, principal, specialists & parents. Peter’s progress is noticeable in every aspect of his school presence. Rather than wait through the summer break, it was decided to let Peter spend more of his day in his mainstream kindergarten classroom for the remainder of this school year (under 3 weeks). I was nervous about this decision, even though it is exactly what I was hoping would come out of this IEP. I’m sure the school staff was just as nervous, but it was time to let Peter flourish deeper into new places & things.
Two days have now passed since this meeting. On his first day post-IEP, Peter spent triple the amount of time in his kindergarten classroom, and yesterday it was quadrupled. Peter proudly jumped off the school bus both afternoons and gleefully told me that he had a great day. Last night we ran to the mall to pick up a few items. Peter walked next to me without holding hands very often, and I even caught him walking smartly with his hands in his hip pockets. I’ve never seen this posturing before, and I have never seem him negotiate the world with such confidence.
It’s only been 2 days – and I know not every day will be perfect & strong, and there may even be days that I wish we hadn’t pushed him… but maybe not!
My pride in Peter & his newly found confidence is staggering. My true hero doesn’t wear a baseball uniform or appear on TV or in the movies – he walks with his hands in his pockets by himself in the mall.