Tomorrow is the deadline to submit Riley’s course selection for next year. It will be R’s last year of high school...Grade 12...Graduation. YIKES!!! Yes…I am FREAKING out as I’m writing this!
In the past I have never looked much beyond the current school year or at best a couple of years down the road. When R was in elementary school, he/things could change so quickly it was hard to plan too far ahead. There were times when he would grow in leaps and bounds, times when he would be on a steady course and other times when it seemed as if he was going backwards. Our mantra was always and still is “one day at a time”.
Next year Riley will graduate with a School Completion Certificate as opposed to a Certificate of Graduation as he has been on a modified program since elementary school. R’s skill set has been such that his IEP (Individual Education Plan) goals have always been geared towards his social skills and self-help skills in order to work towards his own independence as opposed to academic goals.
The high school courses available that are suitable and would benefit Riley have gotten more limited as he’s gotten older. However, over the past two years Riley has participated in the Work Experience program. This has been very beneficial and has provided him with hands-on work experience in our community at two different businesses, one elementary school library and the once a week delivery of a local newspaper. He rides public transit to and from work/home and last year started to ride the bus by himself (that’s an entire blog post in itself). We still meet him at the bus stop at our end as we live on a fairly busy street and street safety is an on-going concern. Truthfully, G & I are having trouble pulling back from this one.
So next year Riley will continue with the Work Experience program and prepare to transition into the “real world”. R seems to be taking it all in stride. G & me…ummmm…not so much.
*Deep breaths* One day at a time…D