Jian’s First Test
I just got off the phone with Jian’s teacher from school. Yes it is 9:30 on a Saturday night. In the southeast. During football season. Her teacher is won-der-ful! She talked to me for about 40 minutes telling me all of the wonderful things that Jian has been doing in school lately. Friday she had her first test ever. It was a spelling test. She was given a list of words at the beginning of the week to learn. In addition to her reading and math homework and all of her therapeutic activities for the week, we have been trying to learn to spell these words. I was a bit concerned because she did not really know the meaning of the words or how to read them when we started, so I wasn’t sure how to expect her to be able to spell them correctly on a test. We practiced each night in different ways. Her favorite was when she played like she was a contestant in a game show against her dad. He had a small flute-like toy and she had a harmonica. I called out the word, and the person who knew how to spell it would sound the instrument and spell the word to earn a point.
Long story short, I was very worried that she would get overwhelmed and forget what she had studied and shut down and refuse to do the test. She came out to the car at the end of the day, and when I asked her how it went, she smiled and said, “Good!” Her teacher just told me that she made an 80. Not bad for not even knowing the language last year. Her teacher pointed out all of the things that we already know about Jian: that she doesn’t miss anything that goes on around her, that her attention span is incredible, that she is a very quick learner, that she loves to help people, that she is doing well socially. Also, until a few days ago, her teacher had been giving her a 5 minute head start when it was time for her class to transition somewhere, but Jian took it upon herself to approach her teacher this week and tell her that she would walk in the line just like everyone else and that she could keep up. Her teacher was hesitant, but Jian assured her, “I be fine.” And she has been.
I couldn’t be more proud of this sweet girl. Oh, and as a follow up to my last post, there have been 2 occasions where we have seen a panic coming on, but she was able to take deep breaths, and one time prayed aloud for help, and avoided going into an “episode.” She continues to amaze us day after day. She has also set a new physical goal to be able to handstand walk up and down stairs. I will have to post a video when she achieves this!