IEP - should we do it? - Big classrooms and SPD
We just started our daughter in Kindergarten in the public school system. She has SPD and separation anxiety. Anyway, we went to school this week and we were able to get her in the door which was an accomplishment. We hung out in the classroom the first couple of days which the teacher was okay with since there are 27 kids in the class and no aide!
Our daughter has trouble sitting still, is sensory seeking, and difficulty relating to the other kids. However, we do think all things considered she's doing pretty good. She's never been in a formal school setting before. The public school wants us to see about an aide for our daughter (mostly because the teacher is too busy with 27 kids). In order to get the aide we would need an IEP (individual education plan). The process scares me to death. I'm very nervous because the school is not familiar with SPD and I'm afraid they are going to try and label her with something that will fit into their IEP plan like ADHD or Autism (which she definitely is not!). Also would hate to have her labeled as Special Ed in her school records. Plus the Special Ed person at the school has absolutely no personality and is a little scary. We want to do the best for our daughter but we're torn.
We would have loved to do Montesori but it is a little expensive for us right now and may be too late anyway since the school year started. I guess another question is, has anyone moved their child out of public school and into a private school mid-school year or after the school year has started? Thanks for any advice you can give!