Thursday, February 8, 2018
First school visits and a birthday cake
Thankfully she was pleased to see her box with familiar things, and enjoyed playing with them all. She wasn't looking great and I wondered if we would see another seizure in the morning, so I asked Rachel to bring her cake for morning tea, rather than waiting for lunch.
Beautifully done Rachel.
One candle hidden behind the horn (I didn't think about that). It was nice to have her class sing for her and get to enjoy her cake together.
I ended up staying and helping with keeping her distracted till around 11. I was then able to head home for a bit before picking her up at 12:30.
The day went really well. Much better than it could have. Rachiel (her Teacher Aide) also commented on how well it went. We had both been prepared to potentially have a lot of screaming and even hitting - but she didn't do either. So wonderfully successful from that side of things.
BELOW: Nice to get a 2018 School photo of them all this afternoon.
They have "fitness" first thing in the morning and so we went outside with Asher. She ran over to where all the children were playing catch. Hezekiah spotted her and even tried to help teach her how to play. It was very special to see.
Her teacher suggested chalk for outside, so once she had lost interest in their game I got her drawing with the chalk (using "Wheels on the bus" song - which she often "draws" with at Champion Centre).
Her teacher also got some balls out which worked well and then gave Rachiel some bubbles. So she had a few different fun and familiar activities outside which was a great help.
The primary head teachers in the class on Thursday mornings after morning tea, and she gave me this encouraging feedback:
"We had a shared writing session on the mat, and I wrote a story about Asher being at school, and then asked a student to come and draw the picture to go with the story. Asher then also on her own accord, came up and took the pencil and also contributed to the story by drawing and making dots. She did this on more than one occasion and it was delightful to see."
We are all so very pleased that she is settling in so well and already starting to look at what the others are doing and even joining in.