Tuesday, April 23, 2013

One step at a time

Emma all dressed up for a lunch cruise on the river.  It was a wonderful Emma/Mommy date!
The journey to find a kindergarten placement for Emma has been filled with anxiety for this Mommy.  It feels like it is a big decision and one we are not likely to change easily.  We are told you can change the IEP up once it is started, but my experience is that it is easier said than done so we are hoping to get it right the first time around.

We have toured the options the school district suggested.  None of them were a slam dunk.  We do have pretty significant ideas on what type of classroom, therapies, etc. we want for Emma and I think our visits to the schools clarified our vision so I'm very thankful for that.

It looks like we will be working with the district to find out exactly how individual they are willing to get for Emma's IEP (consider yourself blessed if you don't know what an IEP is - it stands for Individual Education Plan for those new to education & disabilites speak).  I've put a call into our district coordinator to start the discussions.

We are hopeful that it will come together, but I am sure that I will have a lot of angst until it does.  Hey, another few gray hairs on my head will likely go unnoticed!

I joke, but would really appreciate any prayers you could send our way until this is all settled.  Fingers crossed it will be before the new school year!

1 Comments from readers:

Laura said...

Totally understand the stress your feeling. Your very lucky to have options. We live in a very rural area and unless you want to drive a significant distance you have to make it work in district. His preschool is a part of the elementary so we already have an idea what kindergarten is going to look like. They treat Cody very well and buy anything he needs but they have no clue how to educate him. They're trying but its obvious.....uggh Just know another totally gray haired momma sending her baby to kindergarten next year gets it! Best wishes!