Trying to get extra time at school for my Kindergartener
by Gail Perkins
My 5yr old son 28wks premature has SPD,LD,Low Fine/Gross Motor.He has been at the Yale Child Center which he underwent a study. They did not give me a definite diagnosis.They said maybe Mental Retardation,maybe learning disability.They said they did not see signs of autisim.He is developmentally delayed in all areas.Speech is about 3 1/2-4yrs old at this point.Learning is one day he has it the next day you wonder where it went.He has been followed by birth.Starting with birth-to-Three and a developmental Doc until he was 2yrs in CT. I have had him in outside services(PT,OT,SP) since he was three.He was in the integrated preschool program also with services.
Now in Kindergarten I wanted to speed up a little bit of the learning while it is still early.I asked the school to have him have one full day at school.Morning he received services,then lunch w/the 1st/2nd graders,then recess,then regular classtime. He had one bad wk he didn't want to go to the special ed rm so his para took one hand the teacher took the other and made him go so he started wiggling and kicked the teacher and then she went to bend down when he came up & hit her chin.He was written up for a suspension in his file because they said it was physical.Then he started crying at recess his para said she thinks it was because he realized he couldn't keep up w/the kids.So the principal took away the all day on me which I was seeing more progress in him just a little more tired.Then we had Holiday break and now bk at school so far no problems.I don't feel that asking for that extra day was too much to ask for.The lunch with the older kids was great socialization for him,but maybe they shouldn't have let him out for recess,instead have downtime.
What are your thoughts. Thank you Gail Perkins