Everybody wants you

We took Charlie to the St Anthony’s School. It is specifically for kids who have ADHD, sensory issues, autism and similar disorders. He had a great time. He was there for about 3 hours.

Apparently, when they tried to get him to do academics, he tried to avoid it or couldn’t sit still long enough to do anything. I am not really sure what happened. Regardless, he needs so much individual attention they don’t feel he is right for their program. At least he isn’t a good fit for them unless they groom him for a few weeks during summer camp, and we agree to medicate him if he doesn’t perform.

What a slap in the face.

So that’s three schools that won’t take Charlie. Great. Four, do I hear four?

So, I am asking myself, how important is reading and writing and WHEN is it important to have those skills? He is curious and always wanting answers to other questions that are nature-related  especially the ocean; he will wait patiently in line to see the man at the nature trading place in the zoo; he doesn’t mind trying new things, even food! (Like cocoa krispies for breakfast this morning. Not so good, but new!)  There is so much about him that is good, healthy, smart.

I am starting him on letters and he actually wrote an H. Lots of times! We are going to start with his name.

We are trying a modified Fiengold diet. Not gonna lose any of the fruits or veggies, but the additives are gone.

We have no idea how to school him. A four year old preschool class? Home school? We may not be at a total loss, but we certainly don’t have the answer.

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9 thoughts on “Everybody wants you

  1. Charlie knows when he needs to read and write. And when he does he will reach for it. You’ll be there to hand it to him over and over and over again. He’s a lucky boy. You are amazing!

  2. In the end, when we all grow up, it wouldn’t matter to you if you read at 4 or at 11, because you can read. I still don’t tell time all that quickly. Well not on a digital clock.

    If you had a child and he was different, it wouldn’t mean he wasn’t precious, even when he couldn’t do some things when other kids could. And when he could do things before other kids could.

    Look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO7sKVKMO2s&feature=youtube_gdata

    Kiss.

  3. Been there…it is so sad for our little guys and it is sad that they lack the creativity to really teach our brilliant children. We homeschooled our son from November until June. We signed him up for a summer camp to prepare him for school this fall. His request…I am nervously optimistic.

    1. We just finished camp and only had one behavior issue that was reported. I think Charlie got in trouble a few more times, but at least he made it through without being asked to leave and never come back!

    1. Thanks, Shawn! I have looked into Waldorf and their philosophy when home schooling, too. But part of me is kind of uptight about education. And I worry about just letting go…. Isn’t that the story of my life!?!

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