So it's MONDAY... today was the first day of EIU for James. We have been so excited for this day! The whole idea of what EIU is designed for really excited me....
Let's just jump back a little bit. I was always raised to follow my instincts. Always follow your gut instincts. That is exactly what I do today with my children and have always done with James. Always. If I don't like a therapist or believe they are the right fit for James, we move on and so on, until I have the best team and environments around James.
So that brings me back to this morning. The first day of EIU. James was hysterical. So distraught. He wouldn't go inside the classroom. James is never, ever like this unless he gets a bad vibe. I had the same churning feeling. We saw the other children and meet the teacher and her assistant.
All I can say moving forward is it was not the right dynamic for James and I could not leave him in that environment this morning based on how we started. The teacher and her assistant were so lovely, two really wonderful ladies but that is not a reason to stay.
James' development is first and foremost and he needs to be in an environment where he has the ability to excel further and model positive behaviours.
So it's 12pm and I feel gutted.
I had this grand plan for James for 2017. But this is a lesson, it's a lesson that things change. His requirements change and I need to be able to bend and mould his schedule to suit where he is at developmentally.
I have been on the phone this morning to all the people that I know will contribute the advice I need. The hubby. My Mum. My beautiful friend. James' occupational therapist and the director of his new preschool.
They all believe I have made the right decision. Instead of EIU now James will do another day of preschool, therefore he is not missing out on further social interaction, routine or inclusion.
Sometimes it's so hard being a special needs mummy. Always questioning if I am doing the right things for James. This morning he took the lead and if I always follow his lead, I can't go wrong!!!