The following letter was sent to the Superintendent of Clarke County Schools in Berryville VA, Dr. Mike Murphy. He shared it with his team, and the grandparent was happy for us to share it with all of you. Enjoy!!!!
I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for the wonderful special education program in place in Clark County’s elementary school. My grandson was diagnosed as severely autistic in May of 2012. This was after months of my daughter and I begging his primary pediatrician and social services to test him. Needless to say, our family was devastated at the time. We proceeded to spend several more months feeling lost and very worried about our child’s future and how we were going to ensure he received the services he needed.
Then, we met the school’s special education teacher. We have known the special education teacher and her family for years, so we trusted our son/grandson was in good hands. Well, that is the understatement of the year. My grandson started last November with his teachers using the ABA methods and watching him closely to find his strengths and weaknesses. The special education teacher interacted with me constantly throughout the year.
This year the special education teacher and her assistants have started working with my grandson using the CLM method. His progress is beautiful to see. The integrating of his interests with his educational needs has been working wonderfully. This past week they actually worked with him using songs from one of his favorite shows. There are so many good things I have to say about the methods and the care that I could go on for pages.
As you know, I am not a Pollyanna. I am sure there will be times I am not “over the moon” about how things are going with my grandson. However, nothing will ever supersede the feeling of trust and happiness I have over the true caring his teachers show for him. And, as a grandparent of a child who I know will face many dilemmas in life; it is priceless to see his general happiness as he goes to school each day.
Thanks to you for making it possible for the special education teacher to have a school system in which she can teach this way.