The build up to middle school meet the teacher night has been an amazing rollercoaster of emotions for all. We are lucky to have early meetings per Sammy’s IEP but how to do that when she has 7 or more teachers? Well they did it… group meeting 30 minutes before all the other kids bombard the classroom. I couldn’t imagine. Really? So many to buy into this need. So we agreed , looked the teachers up from her schedule, took an hour before with just me and Sam at home, and away we went.
She walked with fidgeting hands but confident. Others were already getting their schedules and we had hers already. She stayed focused and went to the office side door. So there we were, going in the door. My own anxiety started to rise. All past meet the teachers had began with her speaking gibberish. She would resort to her tics, chew her shirt, crawling on floors, tears and refusal to actually meet the teacher. How will she handle 7 or more waiting in one room. Will he familiarity with one, her 5th grade teacher Mr Mr Leonard, be enough to ease her mind?
Well it was and she was brave. She shook hands. She answered their questions and commented on each introductions subject matter! We all sat in a classroom with her and talked out the schedule. One more little hiccup for them to fix but all their faces showed sammy and I support in this new adventure. And I fought back tears of pride in watching her, listening to her responses. It was an amazing sight.
As we parted ways she took fondly to the school psychologist Mr. Eric and her advisory teacher/co-taught ELA and math Mr. Simpson. She loves the Simpsons so loved his name. We went to walk her schedule. Her map in hand and Mr. Eric with her schedule. Each class was eventually found with a few hints here and there. She remarked on how the class numbers made her feel confused and they didnt make sense going one end to the other but she did it!
Now she will have a transition aid to help for however long she needs it. She needs anxiety moment support and apparently Mr. Simpson will give her cool.off passes to step away for up to 5 minutes in class after instruction time if needed. And she will start her day in reading intervention with a smaller group that may help her start of the day.
She amazed me! And I let her know it. Did she feel accomplished herself? She said no. But she did think all the teachers seem super nice. The only thing she didnt like was all the kids everywhere when we were walking back to the office. Well that will be something she works on but at least she will start thursday feeling supported and initially familiar with the faces she will see each day. I never imagined it would ever go so smoothly to meet them all and I am so appreciative for the welcome to middle school too!