I talked a lot at Charlie's parent-teacher conference last night. It is all a march to him turning 21 now and I know these conferences are finite in number. I enjoy every moment sitting around a table and talking to teachers and aides.
The vocational teacher was there along with Charlie's (really great) teacher and (really great) aides and there was talk of sheltered workshops. I said I thought Charlie would do best with work not at a desk -- sorting and folding are things he can do but too much of that and he could be heading to OCD lockdown -- janitorial work, working in a recycling plant, outdoor yard sort of work would suit him.
One of Charlie's aides has gone to India to study yoga!
The OT asked about shaving which Charlie certainly does well with at home, though only with Jim. I looked at the electric shaver we had sent in a few years ago and dumped it; will send in a new one.
'Behaviors,' aggressions and the like are all averaging less than 1 a day.
Another student and Charlie seem somewhat to be pals. They play Connect 4 together, the other student prompting Charlie to take turns. They give each other high-5's. Sometimes when Charlie is unhappy it helps that he goes and says hi to the student.
The other day Charlie was giving his teacher a lot of stares (the kind he gives us often before getting quite upset) and then occasional smiles and even stares. He had grabbed earlier in the day and is teacher wondered if maybe he was trying to express 'sorry.'
He is drinking cups of water at school.
Reading single words remains very challenging. Charlie has been working on 'cracker' and 'cereal' and not getting too far and I asked if he might be confusing the words as both start thigh 'c,' plus Charlie does ot eat cereal. Perhaps 'water,' 'bagel,' 'apple,' 'watermelon'? Or, veering from the food words, 'bike,' 'helmet,' 'strap,' 'gloves,' 'cap.'