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Nathan’s doing awesome in preschool! He has an amazing, I mean ah-may-zing teacher who understands him & works well with him. He loves the classroom, plays really hard, & so far seems to be adapting well to the routine & the structure quite well. At least in the mornings. He gets overstimulated on the playground and then had a major meltdown today in the classroom when it was time to go home. When the teacher came to get him to walk him outside, he didn’t want to get off the tricycle.

Let me be clear; it wasn’t a tantrum. Tantrums are meant to manipulate an adult in order for the child to get what he wants. A meltdown is a loss of control, and much more violent. Nathan can’t communicate that well. He can talk just fine, but he can’t express himself very well, so that’s why he has meltdowns; he loses control when he can’t tell us how he’s feeling.

I had forwarned his teacher about them, so at least she wasnt caught off guard. Besides, the teachers there are all highly skilled and know how to work around these types of issues. Thankfully, they were able to handle his meltdown today. It took three grown adults to get him safely off the trike, but no one got hurt. Sweet Nathan. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to have all these feelings and emotions and no way to convey them other than a loss of control.

They’ll be working with him on this, so I’m thankful that he’s in good hands. Other than this one incident, he’s doing great and making new friends . I can’t wait to see him have even more fun!

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Big changes tomorrow!

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Nathan starts preschool tomorrow! I really hope it goes well for him. I’m sure it will; he’s been so excited about going! We met his teacher today, and she is absolutely great! I feel good knowing he’ll be in great hands with her. She’s super friendly and I could tell she really enjoys being a teacher. That’s the kind of teacher you definitely want for your child- one who loves what they do. And even though none of the kids in his class have meet him yet, they’re all exited about him coming tomorrow. His teacher has been talking to the class about him for the past week or so. She said that one little boy is so exited to meet Nathan that he declared Nathan would be his best friend! Oh the cute! It’s killing me! I really think Nathans going to do amazing at this school. We’re both so excited!

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Nathan’s next stage

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The past week has been crazy. Guess what? Nathan’s starting preschool next week! So I’ve been trying for a year and a half to get Nathan some help. We’ve known for a while he has Sensory Processing Disorder, and we had him in occupational therapy for many months. I and his therapist both, however, felt like he needed something more because were both concerned about his language development. Not his speech- he can articulate words great- but mostly he couldn’t express himself very well. So I went through the school system in the town we used to live in to have him evaluated.

Well that whole process was a joke. A complete, ridiculous joke. They dragged their feet and this process that was supposed to, by law, take 45 school days from start to finish took the entire semester. And when I politely nudged them and asked what I could do to expedite the process since it had been months, they got defensive with me and insisted they were within the time constraints. I even wonder if they fudged the evaluations since their findings were so off. They basically said Nathan did not have any problems.

So at any rate, that was that. But then this house opportunuty came up, we moved to a bigger city, and I heard he could be re-evaluated by the new school system. So I did just that- after I told them about our experience with the previous school system, they decided during his initial screening that they wanted to go ahead & enroll him so he can start getting help for his sensory issues.

I am so thankful for this opportunity for him! Their teachers are trained in this stuff, so I know he’ll be in good hands. He starts Tuesday, and he couldn’t be more excited!  He keeps asking when he gets to go. It took a year & a half to get to this point, and I am so glad to be living where we do so we can get him the help he needs!

A new stage has begun.

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