As you know, my girls go to a great preschool, and the preschool goes to great lengths to include Ashlea in all their activities. For example today "Mr Drummerman" is coming to visit. He is bringing drums. Loud ones. They are confident that Ashlea will be fine and are planning on fully including her in this activity.
I'll let you know how that goes shall I?
There is one activity that is coming up that is worrying me though. It is an excursion. They are going to get picked up in a bus, drive to the bus depot (less than 5 minutes away), talk to the bus drivers, drive through the bus wash and then return to preschool.
I asked the teachers if the bus was wheelchair accessible. Yes it is. However, they are thinking that rather than taking her in her wheelchair (where she will be sitting up the back of the bus on her own I assume) they are thinking of just taking her 'as is' on the bus. Mrs Cook will carry her on and sit her on her lap.
What do you think of this???
I think it is great that they just assume that they will take Ashlea and that she will be a part of all activities. I think however that they are underestimating Miss Ashlea's abilitiy to throw a massive stinking FIT when the bus goes through the bus wash. I have visions of a screaming, thrashing child wildly throwing herself around with her poor teacher trying to restrain the flailing limbs.
When I suggested to them that Ashlea might have a bit of a meltdown with the noise of the bus wash, they confidently said "She'll be alright". When I pressed them, they then said "Even if she's not OK, we'll be alright". I LOVE that attitude, that willingness to include Ashlea at all costs and just deal with the consequences.
But I do worry about the safety aspects of this one. There will be nowhere for Ashlea to sit safely on the bus. There are no seatbelts for any of the kids (do overseas buses have seatbelts?). What if 'something' happens? I know nothing is likely to happen, but my mind always goes there.
What if 'something bad' happens???
And how much of my reluctance is based on real concerns for her safety, and how much is just plain old anxiety worrying about 'something bad' happening. I know I can't wrap my kids in cotton wool to protect them from 'bad things happening', but gee I'd like to!
Would you let your child go? At this stage I am leaning towards just letting them take her on the bus with her on Mrs Cook's lap, but I guess I feel a little uneasy about it. Which is why I'm asking all of you what you would do.