Finding Jacobs Normal
Sunday, July 24, 2016
The end. The end of my rope, the end of dance, and the end of school...for this year.
I think this year has been good in so many ways. Our online school choice was a perfect
fit for Jacob. He was able to skip a grade to challenge him this year and was able to get
the services he needed for speech, OT and social group. They exceeded my
expectations for an online school. He actually seemed to get more out of it than the
regular Brick and mortar school. He was able to get breaks from his school work and
get through his lessons and is doing well. I would say A honor roll this semester is a
great achievement while getting used to a new way to learn. He was more flexible and
even got through state testing with minor issues. I am proud of his hard work, his
willingness to get each days lessons done despite the ones he dislikes. All writing
assignments were a battle, but we made it through. It's the end of third grade and
We have had issues at dance and whether or not we will continue next school year.
His focus was gone after this spring. He was constantly in trouble and not appearing to
be learning anything. It was frustrating to watch. He constantly was getting electronics
taken away due to bad behavior. It was the negative reinforcement trap we were stuck in.
A vicious cycle we couldn't break. Even though you ask him if he wants to do dance and
he says yes, his behaviors seem to say otherwise.
He mentioned martial arts. So we are jumping on that. I read a few articles listing
Taekwondo as a good one for autism. So we are officially signed up and seeing if this is
for him. Our concern is trying to keep jacob active. Instill a physical activity so that his
free time is not consumed with electronics. He always gravitates to those, which is fine
for a child who doesn't become obsessive compulsive about it. I have hope that the
future holds something for him. Whether it's just for fun or maybe a stress reliever.
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