Natalie has grown and matured so much in the past several months....AND she loves to go to school and enjoys her classmates. I think we might have found the right place for her in school. The fact that she is happy to be there is worth a million dollars. She truly is happier. She is with a group of children who have disabilities. All sorts of different disabilities. Natalie likes to help them and enjoys entertaining them. She appreciates their differences and understands them. It is so sweet the way she talks about her friends...she really cares for them.
I was unsure of the program at first, as Natalie is more advanced and needs more of an academic challenge; therefore, we met as a team (teachers, administrators, etc.) and have come up with a plan to create a balance. She will spend most of her day with the regular 4th grade general education class, which is good for her learning and social development. Natalie has a new friend in her 4th grade class who has taken her under her wing. I am so thankful for this sweet little girl. She is assigned to be Natalie's peer tutor. It's amazing to me how things seem to come together, and for Natalie she is in good hands.