I feel like this is going to be rambly (I don’t think that’s really a word, but it just seems accurate). I haven’t done this in a while! I’m all out of practice and I haven’t gotten into my Bringing Blogging Back groove. I started this post on August 27th, which was Colin’s first day of preschool for the year (note that it is now October 22nd).
Colin was in preschool last year on Monday and Tuesday mornings. His therapist went with him, and then took him back to his ABA school in the afternoons. He was at the ABA school from 8:30am-4:30pm the rest of the week. This year he’s in preschool from 9am-2pm, Monday through Friday – no more ABA school. His therapist attended with him every day at the beginning of the semester, and then slowly phased out. As of last week, he is on his own, completely done with ABA.
This doesn’t mean that he is “cured,” but it means that he has come to the point that he can function on his own in an average classroom. In his VB-MAPP Barriers Assessment he still tests as having minor to moderate problems with:
- Negative Behavior – crying, verbal refusal, and falling to the ground when given a task
- Instructional Control (escape and avoidance of demands placed on him) – noncompliant behavior a few times a day with tantrums
- Defective Articulation – borderline on some sounds four-year-olds should be able to pronounce
- Hyperactivity – emits hyperactive behaviors that can sometimes disrupt learning, some difficulty attending to tasks
He will probably have some sort of IEP once he starts kindergarten. We had previously declined services in our township since he was at the ABA school full time, but now I take him to a 90-minute language group there once a week. At least this way there will be some sort of relationship with the township and a smoother transition once he does start kindergarten.
It’s awesome that he has come far enough to not need the ABA school anymore, but it’s a little scary, too. What if things start to go badly again? He’s not getting extra help now – no more one-on-one. What if that one-on-one was the thing that was really making him thrive? What if he doesn’t do well without it? Things seem to be going well for the moment, but I feel like I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sometimes I am afraid to be too positive. I know I’m supposed to take it one day at a time and yadda yadda yadda, but this is hard, y’all. It’s just plain HARD.