I've just returned from our meeting with the new principal at Local Public Elementary, where Younger Daughter will start next year.
Back at Natural Friends, the Head of School and teacher seemed helpless. Everyone was throwing up their hands. "This kid is impossible! We don't know what to do!" All their recommendations were further demands on our time and bank account. "Try this therapist and that therapist, send her to summer school so she'll learn to read, fill out a mountain of paperwork on the off chance that YD will qualify for a 1:1 aide to take her out in the hallway when she's acting up."
At Natural Friends, one of their recommendations was that we could try an Occupational Therapist. I'm pretty skeptical of OT, and we're running around to therapists enough already, so we never tried it. At Local Public Elementary, they've got an OT on staff, so if they feel Younger Daughter would benefit, they will try OT on their dime and their time. Fine, give it a shot. Surprise me.
Our entire public district is about to bring in Investigations Math, one of the most notorious of the new fuzzy math curricula. I said, "YD has language delays -- if math is all about language, that's a struggle for her". New Principal said, "that's OK, we can do more traditional math with kids like that." (Wow!)
I told New Principal that I don't believe in homework, and even if I did, Younger Daughter won't have time for it, with her therapy and (I hope!) athletic pursuits. She made a little note on her pad ("Impossible Mom!").
New Principal said, "There may be some hiccups -- even with all this information, it may take a while to find the best methods to work with YD."
I said, "Look, if I talk to the teacher and she says, 'Last week we tried Technique A and it didn't work too well. This week we're trying Technique B. We've got Technique C lined up for next week if this doesn't work', I'm fine with that. What I don't want to hear is, 'Last week we tried Technique A and it didn't work. This week we're still using Technique A, and it isn't working. Next week we'll keep using Technique A, because we can't think of anything else.'"
New Principal said, "You won't hear that."
I'm guardedly optimistic. Time will tell ...