Well, it’s been an up and down kind of day. We all had what was possibly the worst night’s sleep EVER. Wee Girl must have been listening when I said she would be going to school today, because she woke up at 3:50 am and would. Not. Go. Back. To. Sleep. She kept coming into our room, giggling, wanted to go downstairs, wanted breakfast, and every time we put her back in her room we heard the familiar thump thud of her jumping out of bed, her door opening and her turning on the light in the hall. And then Little Man woke up.
So it’s fair to say I was not at my best at 7.00 this morning when I had to get out of bed. Well, actually I think I fell back to sleep and only managed to get up at 7:20, which meant a bit of running around, not getting to drink my coffee (nooooo!) and turfing madam out of her lovely slumber (why weren’t you doing that at 4 in the morning, eh?) so that we could get her fed and dressed in her lovely clean uniform (not so clean now, sadly).
It wasn’t the best start to the morning. But she has made up for it by being utterly delightful today. It’s impossible to stay annoyed with Wee Girl when she’s in her bright happy mood, but I’m really hoping I get a full night’s sleep tonight.
While we were looking at schools for Wee Girl it quickly became clear to me that mainstream alone would not be an option. While most of the schools I visited were extremely welcoming and spoke about the help they would be able to put in place, reading between the lines I could see that they felt a unit or a special school would probably be more appropriate. The lack of speech is an issue and that wasn’t something that they’d really had any experience off. At her new school, Wee Girl will have access to an OT, a speech therapist. She will have teachers and TAs who have experience of non and pre-verbal children, but as well as that she will have the opportunity to go to mainstream classes if appropriate, so she will be able to learn alongside her neurotypical peers.
It went very well today. We were only there for an hour, but they packed a lot in, moving from circle time to snack time, then play time and finally back to circle time again. Wee Girl was happy, engaged and interested, played for a little while with the sand, then chased some bubbles.
We’re going back on Friday for another hour, but I think I’ll make less of a big deal about it the night before, just in case.