As we quickly approach moving day to our Happy Place, I can't help but feel anxiety. This stems from my overwhelming fear of Jake's move to his new school and how he will transition. I feel a lot of guilt moving him out of a school he loves with friends he knows and his para Karla that has been with him for years.
Moving my child to a new school isn't just about enrolling him a new school, getting his teacher assigned and then starting his first day. It is a long process and a lot of people are involved. Jake is requires a team of professionals to ensure that his needs are met. Some things that are needed and things that need to be done are
IEP needs to be switched over to the new districts format
Paraprofessional (one that jives with Jake's personality)
Orientation and mobility specialist
Classroom has to be free of clutter and once staged can't be rearranged
Locker placement has to be the first locker in the group
Lunch process(if eating hot lunch he needs to be told what everything is) this is why I started to send cold lunch.
The list above sounds like a lot but what gives me the most anxiety is how scary it must be for him. I know that kids can be cruel and Jake is a very sweet sensitive boy. He doesn't pick up on a lot of social cues and doesn't' understand sarcasm. One thing that I have noticed about his current classmates is they are very protective of him and I pray that the new kids are too. I'm sure that everything will be fine but the fear of the unknown has this Mama Bear nervous.
What settles my nerves is knowing that we will soon be exactly where I know in my heart we are supposed to be and that is with Mr, J.
Stayed tuned to hear more about mine and Jake's journey and Jake's transition to his new school.