DD is 4-1/2 and is delayed. She has a speech delay, is immature, and doesn't learn either as well as or at the pace of or the same as other children her age. She has been in pre-school (half day) since she was 2-1/2 and receives speech therapy through school (no other therapies are needed). Next school year would be the normal year for her to start Kindergarten...which, at least at this point, we know she's not ready for.
I've heard of kids going through kindergarten for two years to better prepare them and her teacher has talked about the possibility of putting her in 1/2 day preschool 1/2 day kindergarten next year.
How do you know what is the right thing to do? Can you truly trust the teachers to know the best thing for your child in a case like this?
Answer by Anonymous at 2:10 PM on Oct. 19, 2010
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Answer by mompam at 2:13 PM on Oct. 19, 2010
I think you should go to the school district and ask them. they might be able to test your child. and put her is a special class.
Answer by louise2 at 2:20 PM on Oct. 19, 2010
I would let her go and see what happens who knows she may surprise you.
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Answer by elizabr at 7:46 PM on Oct. 19, 2010
As far as your last question: no, I would not trust the school or teachers to know what is best for my child. I worked in schools. And unfortunately when it comes to developmental delays many teachers do not know what is appropriate. Because you also get into the medical side....they are not doctors or therapists. Part developmental, part cognitive, part social/emotional...school is more than academics. I'm assuming you have an I.E.P. for your child. If you do not....she NEEDS one. That is where I would start with my son first. On the I.E.P. I would focus on what related resources the school is going to offer my child. In your case it is speech. And for how many times a week, in what type of setting (group or individual - I prefer individual). I would also have a team outside of school. I have very good friends who specialize in this. My friend has a doctorate in speech therapy and works with delayed
Answer by frogdawg at 11:33 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
children. If I didn't have a friend...I would find a speech therapist willing to look at the situation and make suggestions for the I.E.P. as a consultant. Which is what my friend would do for me. And I have been in your shoes. Then I also have a friend who has her Master's in education and specializes in children living with differences. I would have her assess the situation and make suggestions. As far as putting my child in K - 5 , I would not right away. Not if I knew my child was behind developmentally from other children. I would give my child the extra cushion room to be in preschool another year. If that was not an option and I had to move to K-5 then I suppose I would be advocating her need to stay in the room for a second year. I would also be looking more at social skills at this time with her peers rather than focus on acedmics. Pressure for delayed children causes more problems. I would
Answer by frogdawg at 11:37 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
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