After intensively prodding the staff, we won a meeting this past week with the Special Education expert from an esteemed overseas school for the blind and multiply-disabled. She visits C.'s school about twice a year and always exudes warmth, expertise and knowledge - scarce commodities at C.'s school.
About two years ago, again due to our badgering, parents were invited to a presentation by her and her colleague. But only the Hubby and I and one other parent attended.
Since then, the administration has barred parents from all lectures given to the staff while arranging none for us separately. "Parents aren't interested in any case," they've told us.
Well, they're right if you deem us two inconsequential.
So before each visit from these talented experts, we need to remind the administrators of our wishes. It's an annoying task but well worth it.
This latest meeting was pleasant and fruitful. We shared our cannabis experiences, C.'s progress in hydrotherapy and the signs she has already more or less mastered.
When the expert asked what we would like to learn from her, I requested: "New signs." Then we learned.
She suggested the following two. First, the sign for "more":
A second sign, which denotes a harder concept and which we'll postpone teaching until we've progressed with the first is for "help":