Pre-K and my daughter with Integrated Sensory Disorder
by Christina Turner
(Temple, Texas, USA)
My child, Payton came home today with a report card. I have two older children that I didn't not send to Pre-K, but I thought this would be good for Payton due to her sensory issues. This Pre-K is only half a day, and I thought it would get her started into the routine of school for next year.
That was my first goal, and she has surprised me. Her teacher advises that she listens in class, uses her manners, and participates in class. And to be honest, Payton loves school. That in and of it self was our only goal for this year...just to acquaint ourselves in the world of school.
Now I get this report card that is showing me all these things that Payton is not doing, and now I am concerned. She doesn't recognize sounds, or rhymes, cannot identify the letter that a word starts with (although she knows the letter). She cannot create a simple pattern, complete a pattern of 3, or form a complex pattern. Her motor skills are behind; which this I entirely expected.
I had Payton in physical therapy and for the time we spent there, she has made leaps and bounds as far as social skills. I have also had her tested in speech. At the time she was a little behind, but they felt it could go either way as to whether she needed speech therapy.
Now, I'm sitting here wondering....should I put her back into therapy, or am I panicking over some silly Pre-K test results. I don't know if I should relax and see what happens, or if I should push her into therapies to make sure that she doesn't get/stay behind. But then again this is just Pre-K, right?
I don't know, and I just thought I would ask for some advice for this concerned mom that just wants what is best for her daughter.