Monday, February 21, 2011

Long weekend

I woke up to a very gloomy Presidents day! Thunder, lightening, and alot  of rain. I'm very stressed already, even before I rolled out of bed, over the fact that Zach had a four and a half day weekend. Getting him back to work...efficiently, can be daunting. Zachary has a few projects on his agenda that are behind and he has a sneaky way of avoiding them! Since I am helping paint my Mother's new apartment, we wont be catching up in the next three days and he KNOWS it! On an up note, Zachary bowled a 131, 118, and 158 yesterday! His highest is 189, and I know in the next year he will break 200. He's looking good at bowling and seems to really enjoy it.

Last night we hosted our churches youth group at our home! It was so nice to have the kids here. Zachary has missed church all this year because bowling is at the same time. Youth group is usually held right after service when Zach is still bowling. The Leaders of our group wanted to include Zach and decided on a Sunday night get together. Everyone seemed to enjoy it! I LOVE knowing Zach can be himself around his church friends. Something every dyspraxic parent DREAMS about! Not an easy road to get to, but IT CAN HAPPEN!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

planning ahead

Today I visited with Zachary's counselor about what classes he would take at the public school next year. I always get nervous when I need to talk about his progression. I ramble on for what seems like way to long. He will be taking three classes next year. Biology cwc, media technology, and consumer science split with digital art. The Biology will be tough. Zachary cannot take notes and stresses out when taking tests. He feels uneasy when he has to write or read in front of others, so this will be a good test run. The counselor is wonderful, after years of frustation and let downs, I feel this group of educators understands. I'm not saying its smooth sailing, but they are willing to help him succeed. We will not know until the end of this year if they will accept his home school  credits towards his public school degree. I just need to keep on track with his records here at home. I have faith it will work out. ( This is what Zachary wants).

Zachary has tried it all. He has gone from public school to home school. private Catholic school back to home school and finally has settled in on part time public and full time home school. This has been a trial and error process, painful at times, but balanced in the end.

I have attached a link to a Yahoo Dyspraxia Digest, where you can search for help by other parents with Dyspraxic children. I read the posts, but hardly respond to help. I read their stories and I always start to shake and cannot come up with the words that might seem to help. Facing it head-on is always a challenge for me.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My first posting!

I have been thinking about doing this for years. I tell myself there must be other parents out there whose going through the same experience as me. The truth is I'm still afraid to talk about it, even after 14 years. I really do not want to retell my whole story from the beginning, but rather immerse bits and pieces of it while I write about my week with my son. If I have started this sooner, it would have been easier to spot difficulties and obstacles over the years. I never wanted to take away any time from my son for which I could be helping him learn, so I never did. He's older now, and a freshman in high school and I have a little breathing room and here it is! Let me introduce you to my son, Zachary.
He is a strapping young man of almost 15 years. He is 6 foot tall and 215 pounds. He loves History and computers and has been bowling since the 4th grade. He is a homeschool student and attends public school too. I am very proud of my Dyspraxic son! And he deserves all the happiness in the world.