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starting main stream kindergarten with IEP

Posted by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:47 AM
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My daughter doesn't have an official dx, she turns 5 in May and this year is her second year of special education/ early intervention preschool. Her teacher told me they will be recommending main stream kindergarten (yes I am happy about that) but I am nervous at the same time. Of course I'll bring up all my concerns at the IEP meeting.



A short background, dd has been in speech therapy since she was 2, finally began talking a little over a year ago. She of course still has a lot of problems, but her improvements are awesome to the point that most adults can understand her if they take their time to listen. There are so many things that she can't communicate still and uses very general phrases for, but I know she still has awhile before the new school year. Also she has some social and emotional issues. But nothing serious, but I do worry about her interactions with her classmates . I worry about her ability to make friends and express herself with the other kids. I worry about the teachers patience with her... Sigh.. I worry about her getting overwhelmed by the larger class sizes and the full day of school vs her 6 class mates now and only half day classes :/

Oh and when she was tested for preschool, she was severely delayed across the board, cognitive, emotionally, socially, and of course speech n language

Any words of advice or assurance would be awesome, please.. oh dd is actually on track for her age academically now, Woohoo!!
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JCKitten87
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:53 AM
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TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Feb. 7, 2013 at 6:29 AM

 Do NOT be nervous about mainstreaming her. My son's specialist said the best thing to do was for them to be around their typical peers...I've never regretted making him stay mainstreamed...He does go to the resource room for Math and I have to say in all honesty, the sweetest kids are actually in there, rather than the mainstreamed classes. The special ed room is very quiet and they can go at their own pace and not feel so overwhelmed. Socially, they will always have a problem...it's who they are, but I think for them to see the interactions and actions of their typical peers is so helpful. But both settings have their positives and negatives...you have to do what's right for YOUR child.

If for some reason it's too much for her, you can always split her time in mainstreamed/resource to better suit her! She's so young and just starting out, so I think you'll have to to do a little trial and error for now.

TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Feb. 7, 2013 at 6:31 AM

 Is that her in your avi? she's beautiful!!

BKozICan
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 6:35 AM

So many hugs! We are just starting down the transition to kindergarten, also. Our school has implied (will do the IEP in May) that he will be in mainstream classes for all but therapies and meltdowns. 

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Hugs mama!  I don't have experience with mainstreaming but wish you the best!

dawncs
by Dawn on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

She will do fine in the mainstream classroom from my own personal experience in school. The classroom placement will work well if there is an Autism consultant at times written into her IEP (http://www.wrightslaw.com/). There is help for her with her social skills to make it at least more understandable which is social skills therapy which is offered by a speech therapist. You might also want to add a place for her to go if she has problems with sensory integration problems in which she would not be penalized for doing so in her IEP.

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StarLight23
by Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

 I was a little nervous for my son Jamie to be mainstreamed too, but what we are doing is he's mainstreamed in the 1st grade and he just goes to his special education class if he needs a break and for meals (breakfast and lunch). He does great with his typical peers and I don't even know if they know he's different :) He has friends that say hi to him outside of school :)

It's been great though. My son has the same special education teacher he's had since he was young and both of his teachers communicate and I see them both at our meetings for his IEP.

It is really cool to see how far he's come and matured (diagnosed at age 3, age 7 now).

Like a PP said.. they have a social skills class that my son is a part of, and they do teach social skills.. unfortunately.. that is part of autism (I mean the lack of social skills).

mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM
In my experience the schools (teachers and resource room teachers) have always done their best to help my child succeed. He's always been mainstreamed. But I did worry myself over starting kindergarten and then again, first grade. I think I worried about him every year! And every year he's been fine. Just be her advocate and speak up if something isn't working. If she is feeling overwhelmed or having meltdowns, talk with the IEP team about ways to help her. Hugs
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Siobhan69
by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM
My ds is in the "At Risk" preschool right now. He was in a structured preschool program for 3 months but because the majority of the kids were pre-verbal and my son is not he was regressing in his speech to be able to communicate with his peers. He was moved to the "At Risk" program the beginging of January and he is doing great so far. The At Risk program is mainly kids that are not quite ready for mainstream but do not need special ed. They are trying to get them ready for mainstream kindergarten. There are 10 in his class right now so I do worry if he goes mainstream it might be too much for him. I wish you luck and hopefully she will do just fine :-)
JTMOM422
by Brenda on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

So excited she will be mainstreamed. I think the interaction with NT children will do her good. When ds starts going to school am hoping he gets mainstreamed. Don't worry momma she will be fine. 

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