Hanging up the phone yesterday I felt dejected. Another LD school I was excited about is a no go. Riley learned the alphabet (in two days) before she was two. She started sounding out words at four. She's six now and reading chapter books. After talking to the director, I found out the school caters its program to the dyslexic student. Riley's peer group would be just learning to read. It would not be a good fit.
Her current teacher in her small self contained class is wonderful. Riley has gained so much socially from her experience this year, but she is truly not being academically challenged. She needs to be mainstreamed into a regular classroom with an aide for support but school officials balk at the aide request. Without emotional/social support she will certainly be set up to fail. She's too academically advanced for special ed. Not emotionally or socially adept enough for mainstream. If my child had a visible disability like Down Syndrome, or Cerebral Palsy, they would not question.
Will there ever be a place for her? Can we endure this battle with the public schools every year?
Upset, I called Todd. Then, I got myself together and went to pick her up at school.
When I got there her teacher aproached me with a form. Would I please give the art teacher permission to submit one of Riley's drawings in a statewide contest? She showed me the picture.
It is Riley, with her hands on a little table. The colors are vibrant and bright. On the table is a cat. Underneath, she wrote in clear neat letters, "When I grow up, I'm going to be a veterinarian."
A year ago she couldn't write.
*An angel came into her life and taught her. There will be more angels.
If she wins she'll get a 36K scholarship for college.
Even if she doesn't win, this little transaction certainly helped change my perspective.