Friday morning Jim and I were to meet at 8am with the director of the big autism center. As we were running late, Jim dropped me off first at the center and took Charlie to school. While I waited with the director, the principal, and Charlie's case manager, I was able to take photographs of his new classroom, of the cafeteria and art and music rooms, of main corridors, of the entranceway. I also met Charlie's new teacher. Jim came after about 15 minutes. We'll be able to bring Charlie to visit once or twice before he starts at the center on the 16th of November. While we had (until the past week) received daily emails from Charlie's teacher (no emails for a couple of days....), teachers at the big autism center only write home once a week; a daily checklist sort of sheet is sent home. We asked if the teacher might write three times a week about Charlie for a couple of months; got a no; asked if she might write home twice a week for the first month: Ok. The conversation returned (as it tends to in discussing Charlie in educational settings) again and again to "behaviors" and Jim and I emphasized, emphasized, emphasized:
- Charlie only wears the helmet at the public school middle school that he currently attends, and that the helmet is left there.
- We can never outrule that the helmet itself might be causing behavior problems in Charlie---just imagine if you had to wear it. (Jim and I made that point a couple of times.)
- As Charlie does not wear the helmet at home, it's imperative to work on fading it out at school.