The Real Thoughts
Zachary's IEP meeting is coming up this week.
It's always hard doing these, especially at a new school. Questions and doubts have been swirling around; Will they do what they need to do? Will they take me seriously? Will they take him seriously?
My Zachary is precious. He's sweet, caring, intelligent, and he genuinely cares about people. Truly. He is so many things besides his diagnosis.
And there's the aspect of him really needing help. I get nervous that the teachers might not be entirely understanding of him. I worry if they might not have the skill to deescalate him. We have had experience with teachers who didn't fully grasp how to handle him. It created way too many difficult, and unnecessary, issues for Zachary.
All of these things make me consider the future, his future. And how I know he's going to change the world. But the glaring reality of kids who are different, who follow their own path, is hitting me in the face. So many talks of teen suicides and the statistics of extreme bullying make my heart hurt. We've had more than one run in with bullying.
More to it, is he going to keep being exactly who he is, without apology? I feel these issues are going to be swayed by his experiences and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure his experiences are the best they can be.
So it is my job to walk into that meeting and make everyone understand him. I'll prepare my notes, run through practice scenarios, and try to calm my anxiety.
Send us good vibes this week, my friends.