My little girl is very lucky. Because of her learning and behaviour difficulties, resulting from Cri Du Chat syndrome, she was awarded a place at one of the specialist schools in the city. Usually a bus picks her up and drops her off again, but when it's me who is looking after her, something I do around 40-50% of the time, it is my job to get her there and back - as the buses can only serve one address per child. It's always been this way and now in senior school, the same rules apply. However, I am always happy to take her in on a Monday morning, so I can see what she is up to that day, and get a sense of the building. It's a peaceful place and although noisy and sometimes crowded, the atmosphere is one of temperance and calm.
She tells me that sometimes, they learn Karate. It's not easy for her, the resulting poor co-ordination from her condition makes precise movements almost impossible for her and so I am very happy to know that her school are trying to deliver this exact thing. The karate is a specialist subject, I was never given the chance to learn it at school. So many of her lessons and activities are specially chosen for her, and the cost seems to be far greater than the price of my experience. But then with only a handful of pupils per class, maybe it's much easier to spread the budget out more efficiently.
Last Monday, I dropped her off at the same time, and I was greeted by Yoga class. I have never tried Yoga, I'd like to but I am just tired a lot and extra things feel like a tall order right now. Perhaps when I feel like I am more alive and have done a bit more work on my social anxiety, I'll feel OK about going to a group. It's brilliant for me to know that she is going to these lessons, as paid for by the school which is free for us, I know that she is being educated in not only life skills but in self care and regulation. Adopting postures, holding them and being mindful about them is something that I know will aid her in her development, and ability to be herself more confidently in the future. Not that she needs any help with that! However a streak of new found independence wouldn't go amiss.
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