When to ask for a special education plan?

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Registered: 04-28-2005
When to ask for a special education plan?
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Thu, 11-11-2010 - 11:49pm

Just a little back ground...

My son is 4 1/2 and is in junior kindergarten this year.

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Fri, 11-12-2010 - 10:06am

It doesn't sound like you really have anything to worry about cognitively at this point.

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Registered: 10-08-2004

I agree w/ the other poster you should start the wheels in motion for an IEP.

I understand where you are though with thinking he knew those things but he doesn't.

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Registered: 05-02-2004

Are you sure this is junior K?

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Registered: 09-23-2008

He is eligible for special education under the OI (orthopedic impairment) label, IMO.

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Registered: 04-28-2005
I don't know if excersises will help him or not. His fingers overlap and a few are bent to the side. I think when he puts pressure on his fingers the joints dislocate, and that's why he has such a light touch.

Wehn I spokke to the teacher that other day, she said that there is another part of the evaluation coming home tonight (Monday). I am just so sad for him that he is not doing as well as we had hoped. He doesn't like school; he honestly prefers going to in the see his doctors.

I told the teacher we may consider pulling him out of school, and reintroducing it next year, but she said to wait until the report comes home tonight, and then schedule a meeting.

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I strongly encourage you not to pull him out and if you do to seek OT privately, he may even need PT (physical therapy) from what I am reading. The exercises will strengthen the muscles though. I am a Preprimary-Kindergarten Montesssori Certified teacher and work with 2-3 year olds currently. I have seen these exercises used by OTs and we use them daily in the classroom as 'work' to strengthen the prehandwriting skills. Something else with do is put a scrap piece of carpet on a tray, we 'dot' their name and different shapes with a black marker on sentence strip and let them punch out the dots with a large thumb tack. This is a good hand eye coordination exercise as well as a fine motor exercise. Please keep us updated....

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The other report that was to come home with DS that day, endedup being just a sheet of paper saying that I would need to schedule a meeting with the teacher before I get the results. Grrr. I wrote a note in his parent/teacher communication book asking if the original progress report was a generic one used for all normal children, or if it was one specifically for DS. She didn't answer my specific question, but sent home a form for us to go over; and I don't understand any of it. One thing that I know is not being followed is allowing DS more time to eat. I send a wide variety of things for him to eat (not expecting him to eat it all, but I expect him to eat something) The only thing they make him eat his his jam sabdwich (without crust), and there have been times that he only eats 3/4 of it. We just took his feeding tube out in May that he had since birth, and our Paed is constantly at us about he weight. We really need the school's help in getting food into him, or the tube will have to go back in. Also, I send Bear Paw cookies, and they always come home in he lunch. I asked him if he didn't like them (so I'd try to figure out another snack to send), and he told me that they are not allowed to have cookies (they are nut free so I thought it would be ok). These cookies have 100 calories. Considering he does not eat much at all at school or at home, 100 calories are 100 calories, and he NEEDS them.

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Registered: 09-23-2008

I think you need to get the health clinic involved and have a health plan in place.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Sun, 11-21-2010 - 11:59am
does the school have food guidelines like low to no sugar, no chocolate? Our school does (the one I teach at) A jam sandwich isn't much in the way of filling food :( If they are a nut free school have you thought of sunbutter? or soybutter? Do they not have a snack time? Even our Kindergarten has snack time at my son's public school and at my private school the Elem. kids are offered a small snack time.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Even if you pull him out of school, (and if you do, say it is for medical reasons - the food and all) and you still may be able to get him services such as OT at the school. My oldest got services at the preschool even though he did not attend classes. We homeschool now and he still gets services at the school. Get the IEP, and pull him if you must, but do get the services (and a plan for the eating - my gosh you would think that they would have common sense huh!)

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