Monday was the very first day of Special Needs Pre-School for my son. In some ways, I think it is harder for parents of special needs children to let go a little bit. We’ve been the primary care takers for their whole lives and now we have to allow someone else to share a part of their day without us being there. For me, it’s all about remembering to let them know that he isn’t potty trained and that he has regressed along with a multitude of other items I feel the need to pass along. And yes, there are many. I am a mom!
We went to the back to school night on the Thursday before and he seemed ok with the classroom and even some of the other kids in the class. His eye was really on those puzzles and the big box of potato heads and parts. When it came to his first day, he had a split second of teariness and then he turned to play. I think mommy and daddy were more sad than him!
Yes, I took his first and second days of school off from work. It just seemed appropriate to be there to support him. We probably spoiled him by taking him to Chick-Fil-A to play and for a snack on the first day. And on the second day we brought him Jamba Juice as a treat. Hopefully, he doesn’t expect us to do any of that on the third day of school!
On the second day of school, we arrived early and so we decided to drive around the block. My son started yelling, “pre-school, pre-school” because we passed by it and he wanted to go! He didn’t calm down until we parked the car and walked him to the gate. Apparently, he likes going to pre-school!
My son will go to pre-school for two years instead of the customary one because he will be receiving therapy in the classroom and the social interaction with the other kids is priceless! For a kid who doesn’t have any other kids his age in the family or have any friends close to his age, this is a huge deal. It also allows my husband to have a little breather in the middle of the day to actually eat lunch and maybe be able to do some things he wants to do.
Although it is another milestone for our son, it’s something we will definitely cherish being able to be a part of his first two days of school. I would gladly use my vacation again to support my son and hopefully let him know that I am there if he needs me.