School, School and More School
It's the end of the year for the boys and Chef enjoyed the 5th grade trip to Sea World today. The weather was great, he spent it with two of his buddies from class and he insisted I come pick him up, even though we live within walking distance of school!
The campus visit in Tampa earned us some meds for Game Teen, a copy of Windows 7 for me to restore my machine and a visit with a potential employer on campus. We'll see what the next month brings.
Yesterday, Ed and I sat in a room with six educators who all agreed with what we've been saying in IEP meetings for years. This IEP is the most thorough one we've received. It was suggested that Game Teen attend the high school with a one to one aide at his side all day long, so that he can reap the benefits of a large course offering and neurotypical students that can model appropriate behavior.
For now, we think the best place for him is among a class of his peers on the spectrum, so that he can see that Asperger's isn't an excuse to say he can't, that all these other students CAN.
They agreed with our opinion.
The holy grail would be to place him in a high school and for him to succeed. The reality is that perhaps four years among his peers probably will be far more beneficial than classes in computers and science.
We shall see.