Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Morning Announcements

"Good Morning Penn Brook School!" Nicholas spoke enthusiastically into the microphone.

And so began Nicholas's first attempt at performing the morning announcements at the Penn Brook Elementary School. Throughout the year each third grade student gets a chance to read the morning announcements. Monday was Nicholas's day.

Typically, Nicholas needs a lot of advance preparation in handling this type of change to his daily routine. Knowing this, Mrs. Murray, Nicholas's teacher, was a little worried since Nicholas had been out sick all last week. Thinking quickly, she did some review work with him first thing in the morning. Then, she paired him with Rebecca, the girl from the classroom next door.

Rebecca is a sweet, adorable third grader from the classroom where they don't need visual cues or therapy swings. She has taken it upon herself to adopt Nicholas and take him under her wing. She plays with Nicholas on the playground even helping Mrs. Kelley, (Nick's physical therapist) to help Nicholas cross the monkey bars. She is a special  child who "gets it".

So together, Nicholas and Rebecca give the morning announcements. They breeze through "good morning" and the Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs. Hanson, Nicholas's Speech Therapist, videotapes the live broadcast. They read the report about the Book Fair and Picture Day and finally end their stellar performance with Nicholas saying......
"Have a good day, goodbye now!"

The prinipal, Dr. Tanner, thanks them for a job well done. Mr. Walsh, Nick's gym teacher and Nurse Hatch smile with pride at the two grade schoolers and their big accomplishment.

The pleased students walk back to their classrooms with smiles on their faces,  Rebecca warmly holding Nicholas's hand.

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