The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I'm so laissez-faire, I'm probably no help at all. My first thought is, what's the big deal. And my second is, can't they just build a 10-minute grace period into his day. See, no help.

Sorry that it's so rough for him. Maybe if his first teacher had an incentive to hand him if he's there by whatever time? Like a ticket for five minutes of "free time" at the end of the day or at the end of first period or...

Please let us know how this pans out. I hope that it doesn't result in more letters. In our district, the computer automatically sent those out when a certain number was hit. I always told parents that when they'd call me frantically about attendance situations. That same automatically produced letter couldn't apply to everyone.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm sure it was a computer-generated letter and we're not worried about it. But it did hit a nerve, since we're trying to work on all this ourselves!

mouse's picture mouse

I've been getting better about making lunch and picking out clothes the night before, especially now that all 4 of us need to be out the door at the same time. Another thing that has helped us is that we aim to arrive at E.'s school when the first bell (signifying that the kids are allowed on the playground) sounds. It builds in a 15-minute grace period for us. So even when we're "late," we're not getting a tardy.

The earlier start time for middle school is ridiculous, especially given current research on adolescents. But that doesn't change the reality.

And I'm avoiding confrontation by posting this here instead of Facebook, but there are plenty of Aspie-friendly jobs that do not have strict start times or start later in the day. He may also be regularly early if it's something he loves.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I make lunches and pack snacks the night before, too--it does help, but really, the problem is just getting L. to budge from the house! I agree with you--there are LOTS of jobs out there that suit all types of different people--my job, for instance, could have a later start time, if I taught later classes. I teach early ones because I need to get off by 3:00 to pick up the kids.