Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What to do???

I am not getting ANYWHERE with early intervention! We went through the public school system and they would not accept him even with a diagnosis from a Pediatric Psychologist and I cannot get any of the Autism preschool centers to call me back. What on earth is a mom to do?? I am so worried that he is going to slip through the cracks during the summer. Does anyone have a home school program that they have supplemented with? I just don't want to miss this early time!


GB's Mom said...

You can appeal the school district's decision by filling out a one page from. If you request it, they have to supply it to you.

Gavin Bollard said...

At preschool age, most of the early intervention is done by the parents.

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If your child is testing too high at school, you'll probably have to continue these yourself.

Since you have a diagnosis, you should be able to organize an IEP for school but you'll need to think carefully about what you want because they're hard to change once they're in place.

Also - consider a tutor on weekends.

Random early intervention by itself isn't terribly useful. You need to work out exactly which weaknesses need to be pulled up; Speech? Reading? Mathematics? Listening Skills? Attention Span or perhaps just social skills.

Good luck.

Heather @ Cancer Mommy said...

Yes! I have several blogs I can send you that have FABULOUS homeschool curriculum. I have been doing homeschool activites with K and E for the last 2 months. I have really just focused on teaching K. He is the one going to Kindergarten next year so I really want to make sure he is prepared. He is the type of kid where if it is hard he just shuts down. I dont want him to do that. He is smart kid, but has trouble focusing. Honestly, I think a lot of that is simply being a boy! But, I really truly want him to be ready for Kindergarten. I want him to enjoy learning. I will tell you that last year we had K screened for the early childhood program. He qualifed for an IEP due to his speech issues. So he currently receives speech services at hs preschool twice a week. That will carry over into Kindergarten. As a former special ed teacher, i will say that a child entering into Kindergarten on an IEP for learning issues is prtty rare. Simply because some see it as setting them up for failure. But, I certainly understand not wanting them to slip through the cracks. Several of the homeschool blogs that I have been using actually have Preschool Packs that are created using themes. Including a BATMAN themed unit!! Jackpot!! The second week of homeschooling we used that and K was hooked on homeschooling! We call it "Learning Time" and I have really worked at making it fun for him. Lots of multisensory learning. My email is Shoot me an email and I can send you the links to the blogs and websites I have been using and answer any questions you have.
PS Sorry for writing a book!!

Learning To Abandon said...

So sorry to hear this! My little siblings all used ECI, and it was great...unfortunately I don't know enough about this to help you out. I hope you find an incredible program soon to help your sweet boy!