Oh my-I have no idea what to do...
I've not slept very well in days, I've almost run out of tears, I am exhausted.
I have a miserable child when it comes to school.
Part of me thinks like this: we are down to our last few days of school, we'll have summer break, and she'll start the new year off on a different note.
The other part says, let her go to the Deaf School. I've always said that Alabama was one of the best places to be if your child has a hearing loss. But when it comes to school, that's not the case. My children academically do fantastic in public school. Gage does great socially. Brook doesn't. She's to the point now where she's miserable. It breaks my heart when she tells me she has only one friend. It breaks my heart to see the other kids scoot away from her at the lunch table. It breaks my heart for her to say, "When I ask the kids to repeat themselves, they throw their hands up and say 'NEVERMIND!!'" She never really started off on the right foot. She's always defensive, even unnecessarily at times and the kids think she's mean. She can be such a sweet little girl. She's very loving, and plays and has fun at home. She does great in her own classroom for the most part. Lunchtime and PE seem to give her misery which is the social part of the day.
She has begged me to send her to a different school, the Deaf school. I am so torn. Gage doesn't want to change. I hate to split the kids up. She would be an hour and a half away while he'd be 10 minutes down the road.
I am so thankful that Alabama now has Alabama School for the Hearing which is taught by AVTs (Auditory Verbal Therapists) I think all she needs is to be around the other kids w/hearing loss. However, it's just growing out of infancy stage and trying to anchor down into becoming a permanent solution for kids with hearing loss. However, that's still an hour and a half away, with no buses running up here and they are more of a preschool, not elementary. If this school were already established, already equipped for elementary, we'd be there in a heartbeat, even if I had to make that drive everyday. Unfortunately, our only option is going to be AIDB (Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind) which focuses on both oral and ASL. Brook likes the idea of sign so I have no problem exposing her to that. This is the main stopping point for Gage, he has absolutely no interest.
He is however attending a camp there this summer so we'll see if he changes his mind. I kinda feel like we are heading in that direction...but maybe not just yet. If I could get both kids leaning in the same direction, I'd be a happy camper. So unfortunately, I may need to split them, if we absolutely can't agree. Gage would be fine where he is at, but he can't hear worth a flip these days. He's by no means where he was a few years ago before all of his revisions. I honestly don't think it's a bad idea for him to try the school out just to see, we are never sure if he'll even get to keep his implants. He's only had a few headaches in the last few days so we'll continue to monitor that.