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This morning I'm going to a Parent's Council meeting set up by Am*ze, the local charity who support we poor, hardworking, overstressed special needs parents.  I was recommended to be part of this group by Lizzie, the wonderful woman who helped us with our DLA forms last year, as she thinks I have plenty to say about the issues at hand.  I'm not sure what the issues at hand *are*, let alone whether or not I have anything to say about them.  Still, it's nice to be *in on stuff* and I get a free lunch out of it.  (It's tempting to say, so there IS such a thing after all, but I think I'll wait and see what's expected of me first.)

Yesterday we took Sam to his new school for an hour, and he was FABULOUS.  He sat on his chair while the class teacher, Sandra, sang the register at each child in turn - "Sam is here, Sam is here, where is Sam, Sam is here....", etc.  Then he was taken off to play with a teaching assistant while R and I talked about Sam and his many, many issues to Sandra.  Then all the children came back for a story and a snack, and Sam did some more sitting on his chair WITHOUT RUNNING AWAY.  I was sitting just behind him and he did keep turning around to squeal into my eyeball, and he DID suddenly burst into a rousing rendition of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" without any provocation, but all in all he was deemed to be a Very Good Boy. 

He was a very crappy boy for the rest of the day though, and he went to sleep within an hour of being put to bed (it's been more like two recently), so he must have been a very tired boy too.  He always gets a bit like this when he's readjusting to a new challenge, and he's visited the school three times in less than a week so he KNOWS something is up - we'll probably have a very tough time with him for the first few weeks of September.  However, he's been holding onto his photo of the front of the school all morning and looking at it happily so I think the transition will go well, overall.

I slept in a very odd position last night and this morning I have a very nasty pain in the neck, and it isn't even Sam.

Edit - The parent forum thing is tomorrow.  I turned up a whole day early.  Now I have nothing to do this morning but make soup for Sam, *yawns*.

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Date: 2008-07-10 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gipsy-dreamer.livejournal.com
Awww, sounds like the school visit went really well!

Rhys is obssesed with photos at the moment; he has so many that he insists on carrying around with him that his carer had to buy him a photo album for them all!

He's starting in the senior section of his special school after the holidays (how quickly they grow up!) and when he was younger he used to really kick up stink and become disruptive and aggressive, so they started giving him "time out" in the swimming pool. This stopped when they realised that he'd started to deliberately kick up because he knew he'd get to go in the swimming pool lol!

I think the most embarrassing song he's ever sung in public has to be Big Balls by AC/DC... I took him into a corner shop and he was going up to random people going "I've got big balls, dirty big balls"!!!! Everyone was cracking up, but I just wanted a nice corner to go and hide in :)

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Date: 2008-07-10 09:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-mitzi.livejournal.com
It's great to hear that Rhys loves photos as I've not heard of another child who has that particular special interest. We have a box of laminated photos for Sam (they're all of people and places to put on his visual timetable when needed), and although he loved to carry them around and look at them when we first put them together what he NOW likes to do is stand on a chair, open the box and throw them all on the floor, one at a time, and laugh. I guess he's bored of them, which is one reason why it was nice to see him take such an enthusiastic interest in a new one!

Rhys's behaviour with the time-out and the swimming pool sounds familiar too - I can really imagine Sam doing something similar. And LOL!!!! to the dirty big balls!

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Date: 2008-07-10 09:08 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] pinkfriction.livejournal.com
I have a very nasty pain in the neck, and it isn't even Sam.

Lol. Ouch!

Glad the schol visit went well. J is having lots of problems at school at the moment - more than likely compounded by the fact that there isn't a Teacher in the class at the moment so he is being 'taught' by 3 TA's....

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Date: 2008-07-10 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gipsy-dreamer.livejournal.com
I don't randomly add people, but I've seen you around on this journal quite a bit so thought I'd take a look at your info (I'm naturally curious lol).

Your public entries interested me; mind if I do add you?

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Date: 2008-07-10 05:57 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2008-07-10 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-mitzi.livejournal.com
Oh dear - not having a teacher in the class sounds NOT GOOD, poor J. Mainstream education must be such a battleground for kids like ours. While a huge part of me wishes Sam was (or could be one day) mainstream material, at least special school is a really safe environment for him and I'm so grateful he's got his place. I sometimes feel guilty about admitting that and worry that I'm not pushing him hard enough, but hopefully I'll just know that it's time to switch to m/s if he ever shows signs that he's ready.

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Date: 2008-07-10 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krikketgirl.livejournal.com
Oh, come now, who hasn't spontaneously broken into a spirited singing of Old Macdonald? : D

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Date: 2008-07-10 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-mitzi.livejournal.com
HA!!! You actually had me spitting cheese all over my keyboard with amusement. Still, you're quite right!

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Date: 2008-07-10 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dare2bee.livejournal.com
Oh that cheese icon....stop torturing me.... *squeezes eyes shut* And to think I don't even have a cheese stamp to make your -very belated- birthday card....

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Date: 2008-07-10 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-mitzi.livejournal.com
Sorry about the cheese - when I was pregnant the cheese ban was absolute torture so I do understand. (I can say this here, right? This entry is f-locked, but if it's not OK please delete!)

Good to hear my card is still happening. I have been checking the mail for it every day, and I'm not even exaggerating! I don't mind it being late at all, I'm just really looking forward to having some original Bee artwork. No pressure though!

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Date: 2008-07-10 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dare2bee.livejournal.com
I'm so bad and really behind!! I had to make one for my M-I-L first because today is her b-day and you know how it is... ;-) I tried making yours but didn't like what I came up with... So I'm back to square one! I guess the pressure is on cause I want it to be able to travel easily (which means not a ton of crazy weird stuff like buttons and such) but I want it to be nice too!!♥

Maybe you could give me a little direction? Like what colors you do or don't like, and if you're more into flowers, or animals, or kind of fun type of cards, or just plain b-day cakes!!... That might spark my creative juices! :-)
And I promise to let you know when I mail it that way you don't need to get disappointed opening the mailbox every day! (I feel so guilty at that thought!)...

As for mentioning my pregnancy as long as the entry is locked it's perfectly fine with me...

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Date: 2008-07-11 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-mitzi.livejournal.com
OK, I can give you some direction. My favourite colour is red, but there are no colours I don't like. I'm very fond of bunny rabbits and other cute animals (I'm making myself sick just typing that sentence, but it's true) but flowers are good too. Perhaps that wasn't very good direction after all!

I think that overall I'd rather have a card that reflected your tastes than that you worry too much about second guessing mine - all you need to know is that I'm not fussy!

I look forward to getting your card WHENEVER it arrives, and I promise that it will go into the small pile of cards that I keep forever.

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Date: 2008-07-11 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dare2bee.livejournal.com
That's good direction! It helps! *brain working* :-) (That's where I would need to use your icon "I'm making my thinking face" LOL!)

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Date: 2008-07-10 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winnie07.livejournal.com
Sams school sounds fantastic. He'll love going full time in September - does he have to wear a uniform?
I had loud random bursts of the theme from the Magic Roundabout film in a very silent card shop today - "come and take a trip, it's alright....."

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Date: 2008-07-11 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-mitzi.livejournal.com
Yes, Sam does have a uniform but it's not compulsory. I think we'll order a few of the school t-shirts and sweatshirts and fleeces and put him in his own trouseres. I think it'll be good for him to learn to make a connection between the clothes he's wearing and the kind of day he's going to have...

I love the random loud singing. I'm not looking forward to the next time Sam decides to sing "Old MacDonald" in public though because he's changed it so that right at the end he starts singing "aaahhhhhhhhhh" from deep to very high and squeaky, and he likes me to join in so that he can look into my eyes and squeal alongside me and laugh. It's great fun at home but I don't want to indulge him in this on the bus!

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