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Meeting at the School

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A cobble by itself is just a small stone, but when many of them lay together they create a path . My life is made up of many discrete parts. I have to find ways to fit them all into place so that I can continue to journey where I desire to go. This journal records some of the cobbles that create my path.

Meeting at the School

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It is never fun to have an hour long meeting including the principal, two teachers, and the school psychologist when the subject of the meeting is “How do we help your child cope with school in a way that does not place a huge burden on already overburdened school staff.” Short term interventions are still to be devised. Long term plans (already in process) include meetings with psychiatric professionals and weekly therapy for awhile. At some point I may outline some of these interventions because the shape of them might be useful to others. Right now it all feels a bit raw and I’m tired of crying.

Not fun at all. Just in case you were wondering.

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  • (no subject) - slwhitman
  • I am so sorry, Sandra. Also, "overburdened staff" is bullshit. Your child is entitled to the accommodations he/she needs, end of story. There is no way they should be telling you they don't have the resources. I mean, the reality is that they are stretched thin, but that is not your problem. It's theirs. I wish you all the best with this. I think it's likely to turn out better than you expect at the moment.
    • They're not telling me that they're overburdened. That is my observation. A teacher with a classroom of 28 kids can not spend 1-3 hours per day helping a single child one on one. The teacher has tried to do it, but it isn't sustainable without adversely effecting the rest of the class.

      My child will get accommodations. We are peppered with offers to help from the teachers of other classes, including the highly trained teachers of the autistic and small group classes. We just have to figure out which accommodations will actually help my child face and manage her troubles rather than just providing a route for her to run away from everything.

      If I could be mad at the school this would be easier.
    • But your point is taken. I should expect them to step up and stop feeling guilty that my family is causing trouble.
      • Absolutely. Your child is just one of many who need some extra help. But this IS hard. Hang in there.
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