IEP vs. private mainstream school
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|Sun, 06-07-2009 - 11:23pm|
DS will be entering Kindergarten. He was diagnosed with a mild speech
delay( pragmatic and word retrieval primarily and ADHD inattentive
type). Our developmental pediatrician did not diagnose DS with PDD, but
the child psychologist did state that the symptoms were possibly
associated with PDD. DS's academic and cognitive functions are fully
within the average range, however, so we didn't expect services from
our ounty. Armed with our private evaluations, we just finished
our IEP meeting with our home school, and we received all the services
we wanted; 45 minutes a week of language therapy, 45 minutes a week of a
social skills group, and classroom accommodations.
We are also considering a private mainstream school which has a good reputation
For kids with different learning styles, e.g. mild ADHD, or mild sensory disorder.
We heard it's a good environment for quirky learners. We toured that school, had a good
impression. The teachers seem very experienced, caring and patient. The
class size is very small. Our concern is, if most of the kids there are
very active, need lots of teacher's redirection, will it be a little
overwhelming environment for DS. They only have 8 kids(5 boys and 3 girls)
so far for next year. Is it too small? Will DS have less chance to make friends? In the mean time, DS will see other
kids just like him, DS won't feel like he stands out, and may have more
chances to develop friendships. (I'm all confused)
However, we're conflicted now that the county has provided a good IEP
for DS. We were impressed with the staff at our home school. We felt
they understood the exact goals we wanted reached with therapy. Our
concern is the big class size, as there will be around 25 kids in one
class. Will DS get lost, not get enough help he needs in this environment.
We are seeking opinions. Public school with a comprehensive IEP or
the private school which is suited for kids with different styles?