The past 6 years has been a lot in intensive work but Sophia is doing well now. She is mainstreamed at school but gets extra reading and math help. There is no doubt that Sophia is doing so well today because of all the years of intensive and consistent work that Kathy has given. She has always been patient and understanding and has never given up on Sophia. Sophia's life is about peaks and valleys. It's about encountering all the obstacles and challenges that life presents and not backing down even when backing down is the easier route. We certainly revel in the times that Sophia is at her best but the times that she is in a "valley" often last 1-2 months. These times are terribly stressful and draining but with consistency and hard work we always emerge with new understanding about how Sophia is affected by her disability and ways to deal with her behaviors. Kathy has tried new behavioral approaches with determination and passion. She has been there with Sophia through some pretty difficult times and has been with Sophia through some pretty awesome times. I have peace of mind when I send Sophia to school that she has a strong advocate in Kathy. I have peace of mind that someone is pushing Sophia to help reach her fullest potential. Sophia and Kathy have forged a strong bond over the years. Sometimes Sophia even slips and calls me "Miss Kathy" which I take as a compliment.
So, to Miss Kathy and all the TSS's that work " on the front lines" with our children thank you. You're half way to high school graduation Miss Kathy!
|Miss Kathy and Sophia (age 5 1/2) |
Twin Day in Kindergarten
|Miss Kathy and Sophia - February 2011 |
Celebrating 12 years old and 6 years of teamwork