I am grateful for her Media Studies teacher who leads the club. She gives the girls a lot of freedom but makes sure that there is always the next event to plan and organize. Currently they are working on a food drive and a bake sale for Thanksgiving week. She also wants them to connect and have fun, so she organized an outing on Veterans' Day to go out for some bowling and arcade games. Smarty looks concerned in this picture, because she realized once we arrived that she does not know the meeting place. Luckily, she had a permission slip with her teacher's phone on it as she did not bother to exchange phone numbers with any other students in her club. I dropped her off, and she came home happy saying that she had a lot of fun. She is now closer with two other middle school girls (yes, there is a total of three girls in her entire middle school), and she also has one high school girl friend - they do sailing and marine biology together. These are not "tight" friendships, but she seems very comfortable and happy with her social standing in school.
I am grateful that we found the place that fits her sensory and social needs while also nurturing her academic needs. Ironically, even now she often complains that her classmates are too loud and too talkative, but it's still manageable in comparison to the collaborative classroom with 26 students. I think that she will be able to handle more sensory distraction eventually, but I hope that she can spend her tender years of young adolescence in the place without too much noise and too much drama.
Do your kids make friends easily?