Ok, for those that don't know what this pre-k thing is all about... K has been diagnosed with a learning delay. We thought it was a speech issue, so we had her tested. Her speech, as far as how she makes sounds and the quality of what she says, tested a 108 on a scale of 100. Then we were left to figure out what was the issue if it wasn't speech. The speech pathologist recommended that we have her evaluated by the school system. So we did that last month. I had her IEP (evaluation) meeting yesterday and learned that her score, on a scale where 100 is average, was a 74. This is MUCH lower than I had anticipated, so obviously I'm having a little trouble with the news. I knew we had some issues, but I didn't think it was that bad. She is almost 3 standard deviations below average... pretty significant. So what can we do for her? Well, she was accepted into the special needs pre-k here in Hilliard... AWESOME school!!! I can't say enough about the people that I have met, and every one I talk to has nothing but good things to say about the school. That makes me a little excited to get started. I figured with it being the end of the year, she would be starting in the fall. The teachers, therapists, psychologists and administrator all felt that it would be very beneficial to K to start this week. They had her scheduled to start today (Tuesday) but after discussing some different things that she'll be doing, it was decided that it would also be beneficial for her to ride the bus to school. This is a bus ONLY for the Pre-K. There is an aid as well as a driver on the bus, I put her on, her teacher takes her off. This is going to help her build her independence they say. I think it's more to help mom let go! As all moms are on their first kids first day of school, I am nervous and excited for her. Scared and sad for me. I can't believe that my baby is old enough to be going to school, let alone to be riding a bus with out mommy! She will be in school through the end of this year (their last day is May 22) and then she will start up again in an all 4 year old class on August 25. She will be seeing a speech therapist and an occupational therapist both once a week. Her teacher will be working on behavior modification and cognitive therapy with her every day.
For all those that have been praying with us through this ordeal, thank you! Please keep praying through the end of school. The teachers are going to be working with her and giving me ideas on how to work with her through the summer, so pray for patience for me! Sometimes it's hard to determine what is willful and what truly isn't understood! I (we) really do appreciate all your prayers, and your continued support :o)
Love to all...