The wonderful folks at Bud's school work hard to develop systems that will help him learn to self-regulate. They pay attention to the things that matter to him, and they make their plans with those things in mind. So, when they know that he may have difficulty when the classroom aide is on her lunch break or when they know he'll need some down-time after a job well done, he's given structured choices that often include the option of listening to a book on tape or listening to music through headphones.
So it should not have come as a surprise to me when I walked into his classroom this morning and his teacher held up the CD she'd just purchased to have available in the classroom for him: Dierks Bentley's Long Trip Alone.
It is a very good feeling to know that when it comes to the collaboration between school and home, we are all, quite literally, playing from the same sheet of music.