PDP Exclusives by Rebecca

Friday, May 11, 2012

Too cool for preschool

Well, maybe not.   Went and met with the folks at the SE preschool for LJ.    They went over all the evaluation and paperwork and stuff then after an hour finally tell me he's accepted on multiple different areas.    He's not old enough for Kindergarten, but that may have worked out well.  In any other state he would be, but here he's 6 days too young and since he needs an IEP they won't let him in early, no matter what his IQ is.                  

I got to meet his teacher who was there for the meeting along with the speech therapist.   I excused the OT from being there, but she will be working with him as well.  He'll be going three days a week for a few hours a day and having speech and OT once each a week.   The ratio in the classroom will be 1 adult to 3 or 4 kids.   Right now there's a teacher, 2 aides, and he's the 4th student registered for next year.  More will likely be added, but it won't get to more than 12 in the class.      I had mentioned that weighted items and a squishy seat help him in therapies and one of the gals got up, got on the phone, and like that BAM! it was added to the paperwork and they're ordering them for him to have in class -- no cost to me.

I had Erick bring him in to meet them when we were done with all the evaluation discussion/paperwork/IEP things.    His teacher said she was looking forward to having him in her class because his level of intelligence and communication abilities will be a great asset to his peers.   It made me smile.   I can't say I remember anyone saying they WANTED him somewhere and that he'd be able to HELP others.  Usually it's him needing the help.   That was a pretty awesome feeling.  :)   He started telling her a story (a typical LJ rambling) and she was cracking up -- not a fake laugh a legitimate belly laugh.   I told her she would be entertained.  ;)   He's such a smart cookie I'm REALLY hoping we can start getting some of these other 'delays' back on track.

She said she's dealt with a lot of behavior issues over the years (she's older) and that she's confident she'll be able to work things out and help him.  I really hope so.  I declined transportation for him.   I can't imagine him on a bus... let alone 'the short bus' without any real care by his side.    I'm having a hard enough time accepting that he's going to school... I'd like to at least go and see him in and out every day and talk to his teacher.  

He could have started Monday, but there's only 6 school days left in the school year so I figured there's really no point to having him go for two weeks and then having to stop.   It'll be a whole new adventure in August!

Until next time...

Friday, April 27, 2012


This better work.
I command it to provide relief.   
Needle, needle, in my knee,
Take the ouchie away from me.

Seriously... last time it helped so I'm putting this out into the universe "WORK AGAIN!"

I hope no one's too grossed out.   It's only a teeny needle, although this time I felt it much more than the last time.   The right side of my knee is totally numb, the left still has some feeling.  I got the weirdest look when I asked if he cared if I took pics.  LJ wanted to see it.  :) 


Until next time... 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Big Daddy Moment

Yup.  Two posts in one day.

LJ had his evaluation earlier (see previous post) and I'd promised to take him to McDonald's.   I can't stand that place.  I've been boycotting it.   The food is disgusting.   The point I was at earlier I would've probably promised ANYTHING for my sanity!

Okay, moving on since this isn't about the million things I hate about them... or is it?

::pull up to drive-thru squawk box::

"Welcome to McDonald's can I take your order?"
"Sure... is it breakfast or lunch right now?"
"It's 10:29."
"Okay... ummm... what does that mean?"
::long pause::
"Okay, can I please order a happy meal off the lunch menu in addition to breakfast?"
(as some McDonald's DO let you order lunch at breakfast, but not vice versa)
::long pause::
"No.  It's 10:29."
"Okay, when CAN I order lunch?"
::long pause::
"At 10:30."
"I'm sure we've gone back and forth for a minute... so is it 10:30 yet?"
::long pause::
"It's 10:29."
"Fine.  I'll take two mcmuffins and a large Hi-C and drive around again.   By the time I get to you it'll be 10:30 so can I  please just order a happy meal so I can pay all at once?"
::insert LJ SCREAMING at the top of his lungs that he wants a happy meal and how I promised him blah, blah, blah... and enter complete meltdown mode.::
::long pause::
"No you can't.  It's 10:29."
(I'm certain it's been over a minute... in fact my clock says 10:34 at this point)
"Can you please ask a manager since I'm CERTAIN it's after 10:30?"
"No, I cannot.  It's 10:29"
(on my clock it's 10:35 now)
"Fine.  That's all then.   I'll drive around again for the rest."
::pull up to window to pay::
::window person looks at the register::
"It's 10:30.  We're no longer serving breakfast.   Do you want to order something from the lunch menu instead?"


Until next time...