posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 07:49 PM
I have an update on my grandson. He is in a special education class for children with learning disabilities. He is the only Autistic child in the
class of 8, and there is one teacher, and an assistant. He is having a tough time of it adjusting to the school setting. In fact, he is the terror
of the school. But fortunately, he has a patient teacher and she is learning to deal with Autism. She has not been formally trained on Autistic
problems, and she is reading and learning as much as she can in the short time she has. Unfortunately our state is not equiped to handle these
children, and unless you have the big bucks, you have no option but to utilize the public school system, and do as much as you can at home.
My son and his ex-wife have three little boys, age six, five and three. The oldest is the child with Autism. Well, today was the first time our
little boy was to experience a "field trip", even though it was just a walk across the street to a city park to play, it was a big deal for these
I volunteered to go and sit in the car and watch this exploration and make sure our little terror didn't decide to take off for the high timbers,
which he is known to do.
He did very very well. He strayed a short distance many times, and had me on the verge of exiting the car and screaming to stop him more than once.
But each time, the teacher was aware, and handled him with voice commands, and he obeyed each time. I was surprised, and thrilled. I want to express
gratitude to her for her caring enough to put in the extra time she spends on learning to handle this new situation for her, and that she is
expiditing it so well. It says alot about a special woman who is a gift from God to care for our special little ones.
After about one hour and twenty minutes, he saw me, and started pulling on the teachers arm screaming VAN....Nawnie...Van...Nawnie. She recognized
the Van and brought him over. Of course, he was done for the day after seeing me there. No problem.
She and I spoke for a while on his progress,, and also his lack of it. But to my delight and his parents as well, his teacher said he is an
extremely bright child and is "READING AT GRADE LEVEL" (K-1).
It is a miracle that this child can barely put a sentance together of 3-4 words, yet he can sound out words, and read primary books.
This is a testamony to what faith, hope, hard work, love and the blessing of God can do. NEVER GIVE UP!