Sigh....you'd better have a seat...
(Cue the Superman theme song...)
~May 23rd (which is also pronounced 'Mayee Twentee-fird' if you are one J.K. Cox) marked Jojo's 5th birthday. It is hard to believe that we have been chipping away at the mountain of progress for 2 and 1/2 years now. There are a few people that deserve a shout out right now: Alicia New, Anna Loi, Alyssa Lehr, Gemma Braithwaite, Milah Behlmaier and Tameika Meadows. All of these young women have played a role in providing Josiah (and his often CLUELESS parents!) the tools that he is about to put in full throttle....AT SCHOOL!!!
~Now you may think that this deserves some cheerleader style back handsprings, complete with spirit fingers dismount! And perhaps you are right. But my Obsessive Parental Paranoia (A.K.A. O.P.P.) will only allow me to give a well placed toe touch and a few tentative fist pumps! I know what you're thinking...I am a total KILLJOY! But don't judge me...you don't know what I know...you don't know the evils that lurke behind the deceptively benign face of inclusion!! No, I am not talking about bullying or any such social ill. I am speaking of the TRAILER LOAD of information that your supervising therapist is going to demand you to assemble so that she may in turn construct the ultimate "Your school better cater to this child's every need" list that they casually call an Education Plan! Are you kidding me? The prep list is like 40 pages long!! OK....maybe it was only one page....but there were like 40 things on it! So, you start putting all this together and you can literally feel your therapist's evil grin through the phone as they begin to summon their all of their ABA hoo-doo powers and conjures to strike the deal of a lifetime with the school of your choice. (And all this time you thought those dolls in their canvas bag were to teach his "Pronoun Program")It sounds like a slice of New York Cheesecake when you realize that your child on the spectrum may be school ready. But saddle up, Cowboy! The ride of your life is about to commence.
Now, I am a bit behind as we began this process at the beginning of June. But, I will do my best to bring you up to speed on how this all goes down. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Jo exploring the real reason that every boy attends institutes of higher learning....