Sunday, 20 December 2009

The end to a very special first year.

at the beginning of the year on his first day of school
School has finished and it was a very special one for Teddy now 6 1/2.

Kindergarten is the first and most important starting point in everyones schooling lifetime.

I still have an extremely warm spot in my heart for my Kindergarten teacher Mrs Elizabeth Hancock who I admired so much and still remember marching around the room as she played piano to 'the ants go marching'.

Teddy had a rough start to the year as his Asperger's syndrome prevented him from settling into an easy routine and he spent the first month or 2 hiding under the desk or being coaxed out of the toilets.

His teacher Ms Delaney showed an amazing amount of patience as did he other Kindergarten teacher Mrs Mackie and all the helpers, gradually he began to not only settle into the routine but begin to love it.

After the middle of the year when he has settled into the classroom well, we turned our attention to the playground which causes the most amount of problems in every school for children with Asperger's as there is limited supervision and aspies lack the ability to pick up on the other children's social cues, therefore appear to be annoying or quiet and withdrawn. Teddy fits into the former category as he imitates the nursery rhyme of Georgy Porgy, he likes to kiss the girls (of all ages) or chase them, but when the boys come out to play our Ted runs away.
last day of Kindergarten with Ms Delaney

Ms Delaney came up with a wonderful lunchtime roster for Teddy which incorporated his loves at school and a few weaknesses too.
He could spend Monday in the library looking at all his favourite encyclopedia's about Natural Disasters,
Tuesday on the Library computers, Wednesday drawing with a friend, Thursdays choosing a piece of sports equipment and Friday is his favourite sandpit.
We appreciate everything his teacher has done for him this year and hope that he is ready to transition to year 1 and that his new teacher is more than ready for the adventures ahead.

No comments: