Change is difficult on everyone but even more for a child with autism. Last week I got news about major changes for Bilal. First his school’s principal called me saying that his special Ed pre-K teacher has been gone for 2 weeks and it turns out she wont be coming back and they were in the process of going through resumes and then interviews and if I had any questions I could call in at any time. Of course the question I wanted to ask but cant is why is Ms. Megan leaving? she seemed so good, she knew all her students’ names and their siblings’ name, she was with them from the very beginning of the year (3 months), knows where they started and what they’ve achieved and their progress and all that, the class assistants are still there and arent going anywhere and their role will be crucial when the new teacher is hired. Bilal loves one of the TAs and I dont think he will be devastated or anything like that about his missing teacher but I really hope the new teacher “gets” them quickly and helps them progress further.
The other change is his OT therapist is leaving as well. Last week the therapy center had to change office locations, the previous site had roofing problems over the adminstrative office area, not the therapy area and they didnt have proper heating and with winter coming in it would be a problem, so they moved to another office, smaller but cleaner only a half mile down the road, so that in itself is a change, but they’re using the same gym equipment so most children arent having any problems. The sad bit is after his first session there, I asked his therapist for a tour of the new area and when we were done she walked me to the car and told me that she hasnt told anyone else yet but she took a job closer to where she lives, she commutes an hour everyday, she’s always told me that she loves Bilal and he’s one of his favorites and if I ever need a babysitter she’d love to help out. I felt near tears as she told me this, Bilal has only 2 more sessions left with her and then we’ll have to figure out what we’ll do, there are several other therapists and I’m sure they’ll get a replacement as well as they are always fully booked I just hope he loves his new therapist whoever she is as much as he loves Mary.
As I was putting Bilal in his car seat I was telling him that I was so sad with all the changes and he gave me a hug and patted me on the head. He’ll be fine I know, he doesn’t have a problem with change much and I’m sure they’ll hire great replacements with the experience and compassion required for such a position. I told his speech therapist about all this and told her she better not be leaving too, and she said she wouldn’t and she would be his constant with all the change going on. I’m relieved about that at least.
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