Johnathan started preschool last week

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Johnathan started preschool last week
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Mon, 08-30-2004 - 5:40pm
He started on Thursday. He goes 4 halfdays a week. I am so proud of him. I really expected him to freak out, since I haven't left him with anyone other than family very often. But he did awesome! He was excited to see the toys, and now looks forward to school very much. I can't believe he's big enough for this!

I also now have him on the waiting list for an asperger's diagnosis at two places (one only does diagnosis, and doesn't offer services). Federal funding on mental health has apparently been cut, so they won't be able to help as many kids as quickly this year. Grrr... But, when they do get him in, he will test with the NUAP to see if he qualifies for their preschool program. They use the ABA program which I've read about and have been very impressed with. But he has to test low enough to get in. For now, he is in early intervention and as I mentioned above, is doing well. And I think that until we can get him into the NUAP they will help him a lot.

Jayme, mom to Johnathan (1/16/01) and Ethan (10/15/03)

 

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Mon, 08-30-2004 - 6:23pm
How exciting! Glad he is enjoying it! So, if when they test him he tests low enough, he changes preschools? Sounds like he's doing pretty good in this one!

 

           
Jlynn, Momma to Asher and Ada

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Mon, 08-30-2004 - 7:10pm
That is great that he is doing well in preschool and looks forward to it too!

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Mon, 08-30-2004 - 8:24pm
Hi!

That's awesome that he adjusted so well!!

ABA is used a lot and has been recognized to produce some great results. There are a lot of different styles and the best thing is to find the one that fits the child the best. All of the techniques will be enhanced if there is carryover at home. So it’s great that you are reading up on it and taking an active role!

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Wed, 09-01-2004 - 1:24am
Yes, if he qualifies, he will be changing schools. It's my choice whether to send him or not, and at first I really debated about it. I already had him all set up with Early Intervention and felt that if he was succeeding and doing well with them that maybe I should just keep him there. But the autistic school, with the ABA program in mind, aims at the goal of the children going to a regular kindergarten with no special education. Granted, some kids need more time, and there are some kids who need at least a little special ed, but their goal is to have them in regular ed by kindy. And they have had a lot of success. It's a very involved program, or so I've read, and is quite time consuming, but with very impressive results. So, now that I know that they use the ABA program, I've decided that should he qualify, he will be going to the autistic preschool. But the waiting list is quite long (don't get me started on the federal funding bit....), and it may be a while before he even gets in for an eval. Of course, the best case scenario would be that early intervention will help him so much that by the time his eval comes up, he won't qualify. I would be more than overjoyed by that! While we're on the waiting list, we're suppose to be offered a support group and parent training where they teach us as parents to do what they do with our children. I haven't yet received my info about it. If I don't receive it tomorrow, I'll be giving them a call. I have Johnathan's IEP (individual education plan) meeting with his preschool teacher, occupational therapist, and speech therapist tomorrow, and we'll be outlining his goals for the year. One thing that early intervention has done for me though is showing me, and snapping me back into knowing that I really could have things much worse. There are children in Johnathan's preschool class who can't talk at all yet (they are all 3 years old). I don't know what their specific problems are, but it makes me feel good knowing that at least I am able to get Johnathan to talk to me, though it's on his terms. It also gives me compassion to those moms as well. It's hard to hear that your child may have a problem, no matter how minor. I am now just kind of getting over the initial shock, and I first made this discovery in June. But he is still the same Johnny. Knowing that he probably has asperger's syndrome doesn't change him in anyway, and it took me a little while to realize that. He is still the same little boy that I have loved from the day he was born. I just have a name to go with some of the rather odd things that he does that will eventually allow me to learn how to help him.

Well, it's 11:30. I am up late. Johnny doesn't have school tomorrow, but I do have a meeting with his teachers tomorrow. I should've been in bed a half hour ago, but I'm missing dh and don't want to go lay in that bed alone. But I'm going now.

Jayme, mom to Johnathan (1/16/01) and Ethan (10/15/03) and WTT #3 (Aug '05)

 

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Wed, 09-01-2004 - 9:36am
Jayme! Sounds like you have thoroughly done your research and have given this a lot of thought! That's awesome. Sounds like he is doing great, and you're right. having a name so you can learn to help is more than half the battle! As you know, you will have good times & bad. Let us know how your call goes today if you don't get your packet of information!! Hopefully you do though! If you're like me, I'd "open a can of whop a$$" ahha.

I might have missed something...does your DH work nights? 11:30 and not home? I'd drive myself crazy!

Later!

Jlynn

 

           
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Wed, 09-01-2004 - 11:01am
Hmmm... Maybe I forgot to mention it here. My dh is on business in Cincinnati. He is gone until November 6, but since he's driving probably won't arrive home until November 8 or 9 (we live in northern Utah). He will be flying home for two visits. One this weekend (YAY!!!) and one over Ethan's birthday in October. This is part of the reason we are waiting to try for #3 for a whole year. I really would like to avoid another summer pregnancy if possible, and he's gone right now. So if we start trying in November when he comes back, that'll put my due date in August. YUCK! If I wait until next August, then we'll get a May baby. Jeez! I am being so lazy this morning! I am still sitting in my robe and haven't showered yet. I have about 2 hours before my meeting with Johnny's teachers. I'd better hussle.

Jayme, mom to Johnathan (1/16/01) and Ethan (10/15/03)

 

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Wed, 09-01-2004 - 11:55am
oh man! that is a long time to be without him! Where in Utah? My dad just moved back from living in Cedar City for about a year and a hafl. Of course I was glad to have him home, but I was never able to get out and visit him.

Good luck with the meeting!

 

           
Jlynn, Momma to Asher and Ada

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Wed, 09-01-2004 - 12:24pm
Cedar City is about 4 1/2 hours south of me. We live in South Ogden (about 45 min or so north of Salt Lake).

Jayme

 

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Wed, 09-01-2004 - 12:34pm
Hi,

I'm so glad that you are staying postive and "coming to terms" with everything. You are absolutely right when you say that things would have been much worse. It sounds like Jonathan will be fine and ready for kindergarden with just a little help.:o)


There is a really great book called "The Out of Sync Child" by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

Its written for parents and it talks about sensory integration, how it can be affected and explains some of the signs and symptons. Its a really great book for getting a general understanding of whats going on.

:o)

Michelle

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