Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saved by the Social Worker

We went to contact the school's psychologist as requested by MJ's team of doctors, but were surprised that the school didn't have one. I told the secretary that they wanted all these observations to be done on MJ and some evaluations and further testing, and she referred us to the school's social worker.

Now, I'm not sure what a school social worker is over or what their job entails, but ASAP this gal called me and started to review things about MJ.

It turns out that she has been in the school since MJ has been going there for the last 2 1/2 years, but has never once been notified of anything having to do with MJ. This very much surprised me. Well, it surprised me that I didn't even know the school had someone who was over students in this kind of manner.

We had initially dealt with the special ed teacher, the speech pathologist, the principal, and the teachers, but why would no one have suggested bringing the social worker in? After talking to her for a while, it sounded like she was the one who dealt with kids who didn't quite fit in at the school or had different problems relating anywhere from autism to ADHD.

Now, how come she wasn't notified?!!!

Well, anyway, this gal was the first person I have talked to within the school district that actually seemed to want to help and get things accomplished. Yes, MJ's teacher in 1st and 2nd grade was great and worked with him well, and yes, the special ed teacher was nice, and yes, the speech pathologist before was nice, but no one seemed to think we needed something more to help MJ. No one seemed to know what to do or what should be allowed. This gal was educated and this gal was going to get things going. We were not going to allow MJ to fall through the cracks.

So at this point I was pretty optimistic and had high hopes of achieving something new. She told me she would do a series more of testing and evaluations/observations, and then she would get back to me and we would see what accommodations could be made for MJ.

Hooray!!! Was this finally it? Had we finally gotten some results in this 2 1/2 year struggle to get help for MJ? We waited in anticipation.