|Ease on down, ease on down the road...|
There is however a limit to blazing new paths and figuring it out as you go. Given the Grand Canyon-like split between services when in school and services when you finish school, it seems like that limit might be high school for msk. It's sad, because inclusion has pushed and pulled him to such advances in academics. And behaviorally, he's doing amazingly well too. The guy who couldn't stay in a seat, who couldn't keep from saying those words that made all the other kids laugh, who we worried so about eloping? He's now getting his work done, answering questions and getting on the honor roll.
But I need to be honest, and with a kid with the kind of challenges msk's got ahead of him, we need to understand the system of supports that he can access. What we need to find is a school that still cares for him and values him as the last two schools have. He also will still need real academic challenges and peers to model. But this is a kid that's going to need support once he turns 21, probably lots of it. We need to be planning for that transition from the day he starts high school. We need to learn from people that know where to find vocational training and a job coach. We need to find people that can help him reach his full potential, whatever that turns out to be.
I know that finding this school and getting msk settled and thriving there is going to take a lot of hard work, but work seems a lot more appealing than worrying about changes.