A report from mom: Since the beginning of the school year, Sarah's bus has been picking her up at 11:10 to take her to the job training program she is in. This late time certainly allows for a leisurely morning, although it has meant that I have been missing all early morning meetings I should attend.
For many years, I have been on the Pupil Services Advisory Committee for our school district. Pupil Services oversees all activities related to students on IEP's. My attendance is reflected in the minutes reported to the School Board, therefore I do not like to miss.
So I decided to try something new. I left Sarah alone at home and at 10:00 I dismissed myself from the meeting and called her on her cell phone to get up. At the close of the meeting at 10:20 I called again to remind her to get dressed. I then rushed home to help with one of the few things she cannot do on her own, brushing her teeth.
When I rounded the corner to our stair case, I heard a familiar noise..
...the electric toothbrush!!! I grabbed the camera. When I walked into the bathroom there was Sarah fully dressed (including an added sweatshirt she picked on her own due to the frigid temperatures), brushing her teeth with her right hand and holding a wash cloth under her chin with her left hand just like I do.
I think I've been duped. When I said, "Girlfriend, look at you!!!" She just smiled with a big cheesy grin as if to say "gotcha." I'm on to her now. I think I'm going to have to find more reasons to be out of the house in the morning now. Next we will work on getting her out to the bus by herself. I think we are very close to being Miss Independent.