Preschool Advice Needed- SPD with Oral Apraxia
My daughter is 2.9yrs old and beginning the transition into preschool. In addition to oral apraxia, she has been diagnosed with severe sensory processing disorder. She is getting OT privately 1X/wk and 2X/wk by EI. She also gets 3x/wk ST private and EI combined. She has most of her problems with processing auditory input and some extreme oral and vestibular sensory seeking behaviors. It is unlikely that she will be able to coexist in preschool as she has no tolerance for screaming or crying amongst other noises (alarms, whistles, air conditioners, etc).
I'm fighting for a 1:1 aide that can remove her from the stressful environment before she shows cues of shutting down so that she can at least be productive in her 1:1 ST sessions. The school OT seems to have very little SI experience and won't specify her credentials to me. She also will not perform any kind of sensory assessment or eval as she said that none of it matters, only how my daughter will respond in the actual classroom (which I'm trying to prepare them for while preventing a negative learned behavior on my daughter's behalf).
She has said that there is NO sensory assessment/eval for children under four. Is this true? We just had a 2.5 hr eval done at Children's Hospital Boston, is this invalid for school? How can I get them to see how severe my daughter's stress and response to input is? She deserves an education and most certainly deserves speech therapy, OT, and typical peer interaction for language development just like anyone else. Please help. (BTW: I'm searching for listening therapy nearby as we haven't tried this yet but I'm sure I won't be able to convince the school to continue the therapy for her during her school day as they aren't trained in it).