Monday, March 31, 2008
We were late when I took Parker to preschool today. (His typical preschool) The kids were all sitting on the rug for circle time when we came in. Normally we get there early and he had time play first. Today he didn't and the teacher called him over to the rug. He didn't want to go at first, but then he went. She told him, "Cris cross apple sauce," and he crossed his legs and sat down. He did such a good job. I watched him for a while and he didn't get up or anything. I am so proud of my boy. He is doing so well. He's only been going to the preschool for like 4 weeks and it's only Mon-Tues. He just fits in so well. He is in there with younger kids, but it seems to work great for him. I was remembering last year when we were looking at schools for him. At first I was dead set against him going to a an autistic preschool. I thought it would be scary for him and hard. We checked out some typical preschools but his in home teacher kept pushing for the autistic preschool. I was so unsure. When I took him to the typical preschools he only wanted to look at their books. He also only wanted to find truck books. He wouldn't sit at circle time, he wouldn't do what I asked, he wouldn't do a craft, etc. They said that the autistic preschool would probably be better for him at first. When I met a child that came out of the autistic preschool I was amazed. I knew then and there that it was the preschool for him. This boy was almost unrecognizable as someone with autism. I'm sure he had many other symptoms, but in those few moments he seemed great. We got Parker into the autistic preschool last summer, Aba therapy, occupational therapy and speech since then. A few weeks ago he started a regular preschool 2 days a week and his autistic preschool 3 days a week. His teacher thought that him spending some time with typical kids would be good for him. I think it really has been good for him. He may get the same schedule next year. I'm so glad I went the way that I did with him. I could have tried the typical preschool first and failed. I'm so glad I had some people who knew what they were doing show me the way.