I opened it up and it was his "report card" for the second "marking period".
Back in the early days of autism we would've read something like that intently looking for a glimmer of hope or progress, but would almost always get depressed instead.
This time? I chuckled to myself when I realized what it was and how long it's been sitting there.
The I tossed it aside into the toss it pile.
It wasn't a specific written progress note from his speech teacher or his OT. And this wasn't the kind of detailed report that you'd read from and reference in an IEP meeting. Those kinds of reports I would've paid a bit more attention to.
But this was almost like the equivalent of a typical 4th grader's report card. Ok, maybe not a typical 4th grader's report card but it's still the kinda stuff that's over my son's head.
It's got a numbered grading key.
And as usual for Kyle's report cards, there's always mostly 1's or N/As on it.
Why even bother? Don't even waste the postage.
Sorry to be so glib but why the F are they still sending us report cards for?
I guess I'm a jaded parent of a kid with severe autism...but we've been on this same autism roller coaster for a LONG time now.
And through those years the wife and I have hardened & toughened.
We love our kid and we know what he knows and what he doesn't know. My wife drives him to & from school every day and gets daily reports & feedback with his 1:1 aide.
So I'm fairly confident that there's nothing in that report card that's gonna surprise me or depress me or make me happy.
Oh wait, he's at grade level and/or "Meeting Standards" for taking turns!!
That's something, right?
I know, I know, the school has to send them... that's the law, etc. I got no beef with the school that Kyle goes to... I'm just a jaded, hardened ol' severe autism dad... that's all... :-)