The Tutors Have Arrived

So I think I mentioned here before how Riley was granted the Ohio Autism Scholarship. What that means is we now have two different tutors coming to the house a total of 8 hours per week, and they are teaching math, science, and Spanish (using music and art). They are seasoned teachers. They are loving and warm. They “get” Riley, and let me tell you the teachers who get her always fall in love, and that process has started.

While Riley is working on math with her tutor, Seth and I read a bit of Indiana Jones, then we do other important things. Sometimes we do a meditation, sometimes we do an abundance/appreciation exercise, sometimes we have a tickle fight. Sometimes we put our faces very close together and say, “You have one eye,” over and over. Seth and I rarely had time like this when he was tiny.

Your hat’s in my eye.”

Former State Rep. Jon M. Peterson, (a Republican!) is responsible for the creation of the scholarship Riley is receiving. I’ve heard he has a daughter with a form of autism. It is one of the first special ed voucher systems in the country. Parents who decide to pull their kids with autism from school may receive up to 20K per year in tutoring services by approved providers under the scholarship. Services must coincide with IEP goals, and therapies not specifically written into the child’s IEP are not covered. The school district is getting money (a lot more than 20K) from the state for Riley. It is only fair some of it should be spent on her, especially since she was not thriving in school.

It’s been two weeks since the tutors arrived. We are enjoying the support. Riley is fully engaged. We’ve learned as far as education goes, not to look too far ahead, but for now we’re in a good place.

If you’ll excuse me I’m going to go do something I’ve never done before. Write a thank you note to a Republican.

Riley’s always teaching.

6 thoughts on “The Tutors Have Arrived

  1. I love hearing good news–especially good Republican news. So glad you and Seth are getting time together. So glad Riley is doing better and better.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I’d love it if our state had that program – maybe they can spread the wisdom all the way out here to the West Coast!

  3. So very glad to hear the tutoring is going well! Also, I meant to email you, but since I’m here, I just wanted to let you know I received the book – thanks! I’ll be in touch about it soon! xo

  4. I am so happy for you and your family! I remember how I felt in the early years when we finally had some in-home help for my son. I was so grateful there were hardly words. And he was the only kid I had at the time.
    I just love reading your posts. You remind me of the things I can do to with my son or for my husband that would only take a few moments but would mean the world to them! Thank you Michelle.