I had my first meeting with our school district to start transitioning Calleigh from Early Intervention to Preschool. Yep, PRESCHOOL?? This time is going way too fast. Currently, Calleigh receives Physical Therapy once a week, Developmental Intervention once a week and Speech Therapy once a week. She gets an hour per week of each therapy. She will qualify for district preschool because she is still testing 40% delayed in Gross Motor skills and over 30% in Speech.
The next step is to see what our district has to offer for Calleigh. It is such a different experience from when Cormac aged out of Early Intervention. I NEVER wanted him in a district preschool. He was doing so well and was above his age level in speech. I thought it was a waste for him to receive PT, OT and things he didnt. He NEEDED to be around positive speech models in a mainstream school setting. Plus our old district didn't have an integrated program. They only had a self contained program.
Our new district offers a self contained class and an integrated class. The self contpained class also mixes with the integrated class daily. She would have access to one on one Physical Therapy and also one on on Speech Therapy.
I absolutely HATE the idea of her starting school at three years old 5 days a week for 5 hours a day. (This is the program) I feel like a total failure as a parent. I feel I should have been able to do something to catch her up. I am not one for a pity party but today really just did me in. Today I wish I wouldn't have three children with IEP's in school. Today I wish Calleigh would be attending a typical preschool PK3 program for two days a week for a few hours. I feel she is being robbed of such a special time in her life. She is just at the age where we are starting storytime at the library, enrolling in gymboree classes, going to morning play group. But what does Calleigh have to look forward to ? Nothing. Her Mom dropping he off at school for 5 hours when we could be doing things together. It's seems unfair and today, just for today, I am going to let myself be really pissed off about it.