We just had Pookie’s IEP meeting this morning.
We sat and listened to all of the things Pookie is doing good at and having trouble with. Nothing really surprising. A couple good reminders of things that we don’t do as often as we should anymore.
We learned that next year, they will be dividing his preschool into two levels of classes within the special education program. One has fewer kids per teacher because those kids need more help.
Pookie’s teacher recommended that Pookie be in that class. It is always a bummer to hear things like that, but it will be in his best interest to get more attention at this stage.
One of the reasons that the teacher recommended this class is because he doesn’t really model any of his social or language behavior off of other kids so would not benefit from being around kids that are stronger at that at this point. He is just barely starting to show signs that he really recognizes Geetle. He is getting good at learning how he is supposed to socially interact with her at bed time, but that is mostly because it is part of the routine and because BeAGoodMom and I want him to hug and kiss Geetle.
He recently started playing with a couple stuffed animals and talking to them while making them dance. Hopefully it is a small step in the right direction. He really isn’t conversing with them, he’s just echolalia’ing at them but he really does like to do it.
About a year and a half ago now, we worked with Geetle to try and get her to do puppet plays. She did it with much enthusiasm and very little technical prowess. She is much better these days.
We’ll have to start working with Pookie to see if we can get him to make a couple puppets have little conversations.
For the record, this is how Geetle’s first couple months of puppet theater went. It isn not a sample of various scripts. This is THE SCRIPT.