Last night the girls and I started making Valentine's for their classes and this morning I started training back at Edible Arrangements before going to Sylvan for five hours. Tomorrow I am in a play at church and there's some kind of thing going on that night that seems to be important to people . . . maybe a soccer game called the World Series where they play for the Stanley Cup?
So I'm back to two jobs next week. Dowlan is doing some temp work as well, so we'll be passing of the children like a baton in a relay race. It will be good practice for when my test scoring job starts again next month.
Dowlan's unemployment compensation ended a few weeks ago, and it will be interesting to see what the next few months bring. I think I am prepared for this, but still on edge.
The school psychologist visit did not go well. I really don't want to get into it because I haven't mentally processed it all yet, but the gist of her determinations was: autism isn't necessarily a disability, we won't know if he needs in a developmental preschool until he has failed in other environments with modifications, I should expect his Sunday school and gymnastics teachers to make appropriate modifications for a special needs child despite their lack of training or responsibility to do so and that I need to enroll him in a mainstream preschool and see how it goes. She suggested I simply don't tell them he has autism and see how he does.
I know he is on the mild and high functioning end of the spectrum, but that does not disqualify him from receiving support at this juncture according to the federal government. What it should mean is that he gets the help he needs now to meet the potential he has, as 3-5 is a key window for gaining social and verbal skills in children on the autism spectrum.
I've been given some names to contact and ideas, but I'm open to others.