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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Griffin Is In Regular Ed Class

Yes indeed Griffin is going to school again, back to the first school that he went to over 2 years ago when we first got here. I had home schooled him for almost a year before we moved into our apartment because I refused to make him go back to where he had been abused but now he is in his original school and so far he is doing absolutely fabulous! He is in the 1st grade in a regular ed classroom and I couldn't be more thrilled!!! 

He has a "shadow" who stays with him all the time and she is so wonderful and so delightful, Griffin has really taken a shine to her and he really seems to adore his teacher too. His teacher is young and simply gorgeous, her personality really shines through, it is obvious that she truly cares about Griffin. Griffin's speech path. is so energetic and so compassionate, she said that he did a great job on his first day with her. I am so excited for him and that he is getting along with all the adults so well but now I just hope that he makes some new friends as well............in time I think he will.

In the morning Griffin wakes up and gets dressed and out the door with no protests whatsoever. He eats breakfast at school and he understands that we leave without eating so that he can participate in eating at school. When it is time to do homework he does so willingly until it is finished, once in awhile if there is a lot of it he does ask to take a break.

He is so far beyond all of his 1st grade peers in reading in fact, he reads at just about the same level as I do...........no kidding! It was obvious to his teacher that his weakness is in math therefore, he will be taking math one-on-one with the special needs teacher (whom he also adores) that he used to have when he first went to that school. She is a doll and I know that she will treat him with the utmost respect and complete kindness as she did in the past.

I have started school on-line and so far it is going great, I even worked ahead a little bit and I have already finished my paper that is due at the end of the week. Taking this class is really helping me to become more familiar with learning on-line and after this semester I am sure that I will feel much more confident and will be able to take more than just one class at a time.

So, everything is going great even though my foot/ankle are still pretty messed up. I go to see the orthopedic doctor on the 23rd to see if I am going to have to have surgery or what. All in all I have no complaints............Life is Good!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 comments:

Hope Greenwood said...

I am glad to hear Griffin is doing well in his regular ed class!

I hope you don't have to have surgery. Let me know what the doctor says.

KC's Blog said...

Wow that is wonderful Lora! Griffin is so smart, I knew he'd do so well in a regular ed class. It's such a relief to hear that he has great teachers and he's happy. His happiness is all that matters. If he comfortable and happy he's learning. You are such a good Mama Lora. You have worked so hard with Griffin and it shines through.
Give him a hug for us!

Tina and Boys

Miekie said...

Dear Lora
I am so happy for both your sakes that you found a good school for Griffin! I know you have been worried about his social development and I pray that this part will work out well too and that he will make friends soon. Good luck with the math's especially. I am glad that he is getting one on one attention here, so that he can progress at own pace. (As far as math is concerned, that is the ONLY way to go. If you go to fast, it is just a frustration for everyone!) Good luck with your studies. I hope you will continue to let us know about your and Griffin's progress!

Melissa H said...

OH MY GOSH, LORA!!! This is such wonderful news! I'm so happy to hear how well things are finally going. You both deserve it!

(btw, it appears that Conor is bipolar as well as Asperger's. Go figure!)

kristi said...

Great...wonderful....I am so happy for you and Griffin!! I wish TC would learn to read..sob :( but, I know he'll get there someday!