Sophia is off to school today for a 20 day trial with the expectation to have her enrolled if all goes well.
This was her idea, she has been talking about it for a month, but last week she said she was ready for me to make an appointment so we did.
This past week we have been meeting with the new (to us) Principal and the Teacher of her school to set it all up.
She got the news on Friday that she would be going back, so she had time to process over the weekend. She was very excited that she was going to start today.
She has been practicing getting up with her alarm for the past couple weeks, and getting herself ready so that she would be all good to go this morning.
She showered last night so she would have less to this morning. She got up on her own to her alarm, got dressed, ate breakfast and did her hygiene routine before getting her bag ready and helping me pack her lunch.
Her Teacher is the same one who taught our son Max in year 6. He also worked with Sophia when she was there before so she is also familiar with him. He has also known Brent since they were in school together.
He is a lovely man who has extensive first hand ASD knowledge as a co-carer for his adult autistic brother-in-law.
This Teacher and the new Principal are why we decided to trial her this year when Sophia asked if she could go back to school. She knows she is ready and we are pretty confident that she is right.
We had excellent meetings and discussed her diagnosis and all of her possible triggers and preferences. I went prepared with a printout and he was happy to have it. Here is the link Diagnosis and Triggers for Teacher. We also discussed her strengths and methods for success.
He said most of the triggers and allowances are similar to those of his Brother-in-law so it was easy for him. What surprised and delighted me, is that he even knows the intuitive nature of the sensory issues with regard to feeling others emotions.
He also knows how sensitive the girls are at menses and said staying home is not an issue and of he knows when it is, he knows to be more sensitive with the girls.
We are really looking forward to seeing how well she transitions back into school. She has grown so much in the past couple of years, especially with regard to her self-confidence and knowing who she is.
I took this photo this morning of her first ‘school’ day of year 6.
We went in early, and it was nice seeing the teacher and some of her old friends waiting for her when she arrived.
He assigned her a desk next to her BFF when she was there last, so she was even more excited. When I left, another of her old friends was showing her around and she was settling in.
She knows her ‘safe space’ and that she is allowed to go there when she gets overwhelmed. She also knows the school well and the staff and that she can ring me.
I am sure she will have a fabulous day and I am very happy for her. We are confident she will breeze past her 20 day trial and want to continue.
I will write more after school, now I am going to bake a cake for the family as they are all awesome and deserve to be spoiled.