I went to Edda’s Valentine’s day party at her school. She is mainstreamed into her 2nd grade class for these little activities and so they needed a few more people to help out to get the ratio up to 1:1. Sometimes, I think this low level mainstreaming is a little silly, Edda’s not in the room enough to know the kids in the class and they don’t really know her. I find it all a little bit depressing? pointless? sad? I think maybe all three. Anyways, whatever, I do it.
We also had Edda’s IEP meeting which went well. We decided long ago not be confrontational with the school system and as a result, we have teachers and therapists who are willing to do practically anything we suggest for Edda. We just don’t have very many good ideas of what can be done – especially with speech therapy. We have not found eye gaze to be very consistent, nor have we seen in Edda a tremendous desire to communicate. Of course, I want her to tell me what she wants, but maybe she doesn’t even know what she wants herself.