Something that I know I see a great deal on Elizabeth’s IEP are the words:
That name right there conjures up the immediate emotions of happiness, joy and fun.
After all, it did not get the name of “The Happiest Place on Earth” by accident.
But when your child has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Dyspraxia... The emotions are more varied. There is fear, anxiety, resistance mixed in with the above. Her SPD shows itself at times like this.
Our journey has had its zenith moments as well as lows that are pretty darn down there.
But something that I have learned on this journey - which is now going to be 21 years...
Is to forgive yourself. I have learned how important this is.
It sounds simple.
But it is not.
By forgiving yourself, I mean... READ MORE
It almost sounds celebratory... but for those who have a special needs child, we know it is not like that.
I know we have an IEP meeting scheduled for Elizabeth on May 29th.
She is 20 years old, but because we chose Option 23, she is technically still under the auspices of our local school system until the age of 22 years old.
So with this in mind, the local schools and the college program she is in meet to form the new IEP that will guide her into the next school year. So even at this age, we are looking at the IEP and making changes.
So hard to believe that Elizabeth is finishing her first year at her college program.
I am so proud of her and all she is doing and all she is pushing herself to do.
For the child who once feared the loudness of the cafeteria at high school, it is wonderful to know she heads straight on into the crazy main student center at college.
I think that every once in a while, it really hits me that she is doing all that she is doing. And then other times, I see her have a meltdown or be really overloaded and I am yet again reminded that her disorders still play a big part in her days.
I was asking her, just the other day, about her day at college. It was a day when she was completing one of her internships on campus. She told me that she had to work really hard to...READ MORE