This is part one of a two part series
For many, today marks for the first Monday of a new school year. With a new school year it can mean many adjustments for the kids. Often it means a new teacher, classmates, but for special needs students it can also mean adjusting to a new educational assistant and the potential of adjusting to a new routine at school.
Adjusting to school over the years
When I was in elementary school, I needed more support than I did as I got older. This is because as I got older I seemed to increase in terms of independence. My school life got easier with age also, in terms of my studies, and how I learn.
In elementary school, I had two educational assistants. One in the morning: the second in the afternoon. Their job was offering me one on one support in terms of integration into class activities. They also assisted me in using the washroom. This was the one thing I needed assistant with because my cerebral palsy obviously makes balance an issue. I didn’t figure out how to keep my balance and manage my clothing on my own until I was in my teens.
Middle school: learning to adapt to others schedule
In middle school things changed for me. Not only did my supports in terms of my educational assistant availability decreased but I also changed schools. In the new school I only had one access to the educational assistant for the afternoons which was fine as I feel it allowed me to be seen by my peers as more of an equal. It was fine in all areas but one. Because she was only half days it meant that unless it was a total emergency I was forced to wait until lunch or afternoon classes to use the washroom.
In Wednesday’s post I will look at high school and college
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