I love these new forms that Sam is bringing home from school. Of course there is a note from the teacher also but these really allow me to communicate and interact with him. I am able to ask him about his day and he can point to the pics. The page is laminated and there is a bit of velcro to hold the pictures in place. Sam helps select the appropriate pics each day and puts them on his page which then comes home in his folder every night.
Sam has also started getting homework (which I love) and his teacher is working on literacy skills (LOVE this). His homework consists of a short book that we read to Sam several times and then a "book report" page with picture choices. I ask him the questions and he is able to respond by picking one of 2 picture choices. Sam is doing great in school and I can't wait to see all the new things he will learn this year. I am gearing up for his IEP the end of this month. In the past everyone has been on the same page and I am anticipating yet another smooth meeting (fingers crossed).
I am so proud of how far he has come. I learned long ago to never compare him to other children... Down syndrome or not. Sam is Sam... pure and simple. His delays are considered Moderate to Severe... basically, for me, that translates to less fighting for me when it comes to getting services for Sam. I believe that he is capable of much more than the tests would indicate but because his low scores I can usually have no problems getting this therapy or that therapy or whatever. Of course there are somethings that I wish they would focus on less... for example I have had enough of self help skills... OK... clearly my child has been taught how to remove his shoes and socks but can you also please work on putting them back on Pleeeeeaaasssse... and Thank you for teaching him how to take off his shirt to get ready for swimming but could you also please mention that it is not appropriate to remove your shirt in church or other public places (and for that matter just because you remove your shirt does not mean that you get to go to the pool)...LOL. Slow and steady wins the race!!! All in all I really like Sam's school placement and he LOVES going everyday.