Well after a decent summer it is time for our son to get ready for school again as in only two more weeks he will be back doing his normal school routine.
We are due to meet with his TA’s and teacher before the school year though we have not been told yet when that meeting will be. One thing that has become evident over the summer is that it is highly likely that the school may need to do a new baseline to be able to move him forward.
The issues are depending on the situation good and bad. On the good he has become more verbal (with prompting or even occasionally when he thinks no one is paying attention) and he has become more adept with using computer tools. It also is appearing that his literacy skills are good though we are not absolutely certain just how good they really are, we are uncertain if he is attempting to read my books which are well above what I would consider normal for a 17 or 18 year old let alone a 6 year old, we know he is looking at them and as they have no pictures we question just how much of them he might understand.
We are on the bad side finding that on occasion his temper can get more extreme then we are used to originally, now the school had more difficulties with his behaviour then we did and we are uncertain if this is a release that he is no longer getting at school and so we get the behaviours. This said we still are finding he is showing no interest in hitting at his baby sister though his older sister he considers fair game.
Back to the plus side in the course of family activities this year we have taken him on rides this year that we had difficulties with in the past and found that he is quite willing to enjoy the ride this year rather then try to get out of the car or off the ride while it was in motion. It is worth mentioning that in activities this summer he is actually participating far more then ever before which is another sign of progress.
All in all i would say we are looking at a summer with some good progress and some setbacks but that overall it was a positive summer for him. The hope is as the school year gets closer and starts that he will actually continue to make progress. The reality we will see as the year progresses. For now we have the last couple of weeks of summer and a child who is behaving better then expected in some areas and that is a great thing.