Saturday, August 1, 2009
Not long ago, I was raving about how confident I felt about Little Guy's chances of being accepted into the district preschool program.
Now, it appears that events have taken a 180 degree turn.
During our last visit with Little Guy's occupational therapist, I was happily relaying my discovery that Asperger's Syndrome was recently added to our state's list of diagnosis' that qualify for acceptance into the special educational program. The therapist grew very serious, then admitted that he'd seen children with "guaranteed" diagnosis' get denied approval for the preschool.
Apparently, part of the problem lies with the testing. The evaluation definitely gears towards identifying speech, cognition, vision/ auditory impairment, and motor delays. Little Guy excels in these areas; it's social skills, sensory integration, and self help he is struggling with.
Suddenly, the odds of getting accepted aren't looking quite as favorable.
As if this information weren't daunting enough, the coordinator of Little Guy's sensory group recently commented she wasn't sure that the ABA protocol the district preschool uses would be the best thing for him right now as many of his behaviors are naturally very structured and rigid.
That's just great.
I guess it's a good thing we have over three months before a final decision needs to be made about the next step in Little Guy's schooling. The only bad thing is that our area just doesn't have many resources for these kids, other than the district preschool. As Little Guy's advocate, I hope to have the necessary education and guidance in making the best decision regarding this important part of his future.
Posted by Kimber at 11:22 PM