Success!!!!!

Success!!!! Eli survived the intake evaluation and the evaluators did not leave the room running! 🙂
Seriously, Eli did way better than I thought that he would. Thank God! There were some tears of course, but nothing that wouldn’t be typical of what any other 4 year old would do in an unfamiliar place and environment. The pleasant surprise that I wished for yesterday came true today.. Besides a little bit of tears, he was quite charming and showed his playful side as the school administrators admired all of Eli’s dimples. He can be quite charming when he wants to be!

As far as the evaluations were concerned, the observations they made were quite in line with what I expected they would find. The ST thought that he wasn’t as engaged as they would have liked him to have been, but this is quite typical for Eli when he feels uncomfortable in a new place. Even our school district case worker told them that he would take a couple of weeks to adjust.
They also found that he appears to have some low upper body tone and clumsy gross motor movements, especially when climbing stairs. This also was no big surprise to me since Eli almost toddles at times which isn’t quite age appropriate for a 4 year old. Very typical of a child with dyspraxia though. So they suggested that the school district also perform a physical therapy evaluation so that they would be able to provide those services too.

Overall it was a positive visit and the best outcome is that Eli can start the new school on January 16th! I truly believe and have faith that this is the beginning of many good things for Eli. It is my hope that he will blossom and thrive with the right amount of therapy and attention. My only fear is that there will be may be some regression since he will probably be quite obstinate and resistant to his new teachers in typical Elias style; He’ll push every button he can!
A close second to Eli starting on the 16th is that I will no longer be paying for daycare…. Yayyyyyyyyyy!!! Woo hoo momma can now pay some bills on time! 😉

So now that Eli is finally getting settled with a good program, Mommy can now get her ass back to school..
Tomorrow on the agenda: Mommy is registering for college!

P.S. Thank you St. Jude.

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Nervous Anticipation…

Tomorrow is Eli’s big day.He has his intake evaluation by the out of district school that both the school district and I agreed to. It’s a dream school for parents of kids with special needs. It has a great assistive technology program, low teacher/aide to student ratio, great music/drama department, but most importantly it is all day inclusive program. Extended school year helps too!

Now the reason I am a nervous wreck is that Eli is notoriously horrendous with any type of evaluations. He will cry and whine, refuse to do anything that is requested of him and cling to my neck for dear life. He has no real words to express himself so it’s difficult to know what he feels. My guess is fear.

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Why? I am not sure… I think it’s because he has been poked and prodded pretty much since he was 6 months old. He even sees an elevator and screams bloody murder because he has come to associate elevators with doctors. When the visit is over the little &^%$ then smiles and waves goodbye to the evaluators as we walk out the door. In the meantime I bit my nails down to nubs as I silently begged Eli to PLEASE behave. We leave exhausted, with a pounding headache, ready to chain smoke and wishing for a stiff drink.

I must say that I did warn the director of the chaos that she may encounter anyway.. God bless her, she just smiled and said she has seen it all; that Eli can’t be that bad. After all, he looks sooooo cute! Ha! You just wait lady!

Despite my reservations, I still hope that little man will pleasantly surprise me as he has done before. That he will show them that he has his short comings but he has just as much potential as everyone else there does.

So PLEASE wish me luck! We’ll need it!