Avery Grace

Avery Grace

Monday, August 24, 2009

Another new start

Today was the first day that the Frisco Early Childhood School opened it's doors to serve our community of young children with special needs. Avery was part of this momentous first day, and we are elated that she has the same wonderful teacher that she started with last year, and is in a very small class of 4 (she is the only girl) with her special ed teacher and 2 assistant teachers. As part of her day, she will get speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy and behavior therapy. Her first day report was great, and I am hopeful and excited for a terrific year. The brand new school is really state of the art, with excellent playgrounds and motor labs, and we feel very fortunate that Avery will be a part of such an important program within our school district. The hardest part of the day was after dropoff when Kaylin yelled "Avery Avery Avery" the whole, lonesome, ride home... wondering where her beloved sister was. She will adjust along with the rest of us, but it sure was sweet to know that she missed her.

We had a very fun filled summer and Avery is finally on an upward trend with her progress. Her teacher noted some significant gains and we have every reason to believe that she will continue to make strides in the right direction... but given the fickle nature of Autism, we can be assured that there will always be a few bumps in the road and unexpected regressions. Regardless, we are extraordinarily proud of her and her daily fight to feel good and connect with the world around her. Almost every moment of every day Avery teaches me something new and spectacular, and I remain forever grateful for the amazing impact my little, sweet, loving and very disabled girl has on my heart and soul.

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