After last week in school, we considered introducing a drastic change into Jacobs school day. Together, Shannie and I brainstormed some ideas on how to improve Jacobs behaviour while at the school. We felt, that if we could get Jacob to act in class like he does at home, he'd be much better. And the best idea that we came up was, me volunteering at Jacobs school.
I'm lucky that my job offers me a lot of downtime, which would allow me to be a regular fixture in Jacobs classroom. I'm off work from January to mid April, and even when I'm working, I rarely work 5 days. So we felt that me volunteering would be a good way to help Jacob stay focused in class. Since Jacob is my clone, I understand some of his thinking even when one factor's in his aspergers.
When Jacob has homework, he usually gives some resistance. But I can often get him to complete his work in a few minutes. Jacob is much more behaved with me than he is with mom, but what kid isn't? And I feel like if I was with him in class, he could get all of his work done. On top of that, I'd be able to see first hand, how he works with his EAs. Now I know that his EAs are professionals, but I'm sure I could help out in some way.
So that's where we are at right now. But like I said earlier, his behaviour has been great so far. And if Jacob becomes more consistent in having good days/weeks, then we don't think a huge change like me being there would create. We also had to consider that Jacob likely views school as a form of independence. And I know that sometimes when he acts out, it's just to release some built up emotion. So I'm not submitting the paper work yet, but we've mentally already filled it out.