One of Ethan’s super powers is his Super-Unpredictability. You really NEVER know what your going to get. Such was the case when he was called in to participate in his own IEP Meeting. (An IEP is the legal document that drives special education services and a meeting is held at least once a year to review it.)
I watched as he entered the room calmly and closed the door so carefully behind him. What?! He smiled and greeted me with a sweet ‘Hi, mom’ and a kiss on the cheek. He generally avoids me at all costs at home, except if he wants something from me. Each and everyday, when he returns from school, I am greeted by him as I would be if I came across a full-sized and angry grizzly bear. He is rarely genuinely happy to see me. Truth.
He smiled and chatted with the woman who represented the school district. He answered questions so appropriately. He was asked what he might like to do for paid work when he leaves Midland (which I assured the school district’s case manager was not, in fact, going to happen next year). He told them he likes the Midland workshop and piece work. He asked me to tell them about our trip to Florida. He asked me to tell them about his brothers and his Halloween costume.
He reached over and rubbed my arm and patted my hand. He giggled at some things. A couple of times when he did not hear or understand the question, he cocked his head, made an adorable face and said ‘what?!’ like some witty cartoon character. He was so ‘on’. He smiled and nodded signed his name on the correct lines.
He charmed the whole room…
…and his own mother.