One bummer about having kids in "low-incidence" special ed. classrooms is we've never had their program in the school our neighborhood kids attend. So for kids who have grown up with typical neighborhood friends, they ride a different bus to a different school rather than attending the same school with other neighbors. In addition to that Callie and Christian didn't get to move into the middle school that their reg. ed. peers went to when they left their elementary school. This is also true with Shannie. Building relationships with typical peers isn't easy and is especially difficult at that middle school age when most kids are not the most comfortable in their own skin, so to speak.
Callie's teacher was excited to tell me how well she did on her first day. She was definitely the one I was most concerned about as far as adjusting to a new building, teacher, schedule etc. etc. She reiterated what we hear time and time again - "she's so smart". I'm always glad when I hear that because I know that whoever said it will "get" her. More often than not now people figure that out quickly, but that wasn't always the case. There are a few preschool teachers I sure'd like to show her off too - in a totally non-judgemental in your face kinda way.