Summer School??

by Jessica G
(Bothell, WA)

I have a 6.5 year just finishing kindergarten and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on sending kids with SPD to summer school? Logan has to work hard to "hold it together" while at school but I am concerned that if he has 12 weeks of a less structured environment his transition to first grade will be even more challenging than what I have been told to expect by others with older kids who have SPD.

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Jun 16, 2008
Summer School Or Routine?
by: Cris

My child, boy 7, has not been diagnosed but fits most of the check list for SPD. After staying home through the summer with no structure he does seem to have a harder transition into going back to school. Pre-school to Kindergarten was horrible for him and his brother that was in the 3rd grade.

For the first 2 months of school the 2 would protest every morning outside of the school holding on to the bench on the front side walk as I held their 18 month old sister helplessly unable to sooth them into going into the school. Both boys were adored by their teachers and were academically at the top of their class. I got outside counseling and begged for the school to work with them.

The following year I worked over the summer and kept their summer busy with activities and summer camps, not so much summer school. I just tried to make sure that a routine remained. When school started they both did great! It does take a lot of working with your child's school and making the child's teacher aware of the struggles of your child.

Jun 08, 2008
Summer School
by: Lauri

I have a daughter with SPD, now 10 years old, who goes to summer school. We tried one year to keep her home from summer school, but it didn't work out. She needs the structure, the routine, too much to avoid it. She hates going, but in the long run it is much better for her... and us. :)

Her transition back to school in the fall is much smoother because of sending her to summer school.

Good luck with your decision.

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