I'm feeling very happy and positive today. I've just come back from a meeting with Joe's new teacher as his current one is going on maternity leave tomorrow. I'm sure all the children will find it strange to have a new teacher halfway through the year but, as I'm sure you can imagine, I was especially anxious for Joe, as he does struggle with change. I don't think I need worry though, as she is absolutely lovely! We spent a good half hour chatting and she is just so warm and friendly, and the bonus is that she has plenty of experience of children with ASD's so she knows exactly what he's all about. She said such lovely things about him too, so I feel very reassured that he will be in good hands.
Another lovely thing is this book that I bought for Joe last month, and have been meaning to share with you.
It's in a very simple "alphabet book" format, with lovely bright and bold illustrations, but it's not a babyish book, the words are quite sophisticated.
The first time we read it through together was such an incredibly positive experience - Joe could relate to practically every page and he has since shown the book to his grandparents and very proudly told them "I am unique because I have Aspergers!" I showed it to the school's SENCO and she was so impressed she is going to get a copy for the school. I think it would be a lovely thing for Joe to share in class, so they're going to get some advice first on how to approach it, as they're still quite young to fully understand what Aspergers is.
In crafty news, I've almost finished re-knitting the dish/face cloth I started (and cocked up!) last week.
Only a few more rows to go! Hopefully I will be able to sit down and finish it this afternoon before the school run. I've never actually used a knitted face or dish cloth before, so I'm unsure as to how it will stand up to use, but I've certainly enjoyed knitting it and I think I shall try out some of the other patterns available.