Matt wearing his orange belt as a headband

Great IEP Update

This past Monday, my wife and I attended an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting with several of our son’s teachers, school psychologist and therapists. To say it went well would be an understatement. It was incredible! And we walked away with some very good, and certainly encouraging, news. Since being diagnosed with autism prior to…

Taekwondo practice

A long overdue update

Almost four months ago, I last wrote about Matt and his autism and his progress and school. At the time there was 15 days remaining in fifth grade and I could not wait to see his final report card. His first full year of complete immersion into a mainstream classroom was coming to an end…

Matt at McDonalds

Turning the corner on basic math

Not long ago I Google’d What age should kids stop counting on their fingers? At the time, I was becoming concerned – although maybe panicked is a better word – that my fifth grade son wasn’t getting it; that even the simplest of problems – 6 plus 3 for example – often required him to…

Report card and grades

First quarter report card

A couple of days ago, my wife and I met with our son’s teacher for a parent-teacher conference. Like all of these meetings, we reviewed some of his in-class work, discussed the good grades (and the bad), his progress, his attitude, his class participation and so on. After complimenting my son – who has autism…