Newly Dx, new IEP

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Registered: 07-15-2006
Newly Dx, new IEP
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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 2:55pm
My 3 year old son was recently dx ADHD. He is young for a dx but due to his severe prenatal drug exposure (he is adopted) his neurologist was comfortable with it.
Anyway, he just qualified for an IEP and was offered therapeutic preschool/special day class 3 days a week. What can I expect from this classroom? Anyone see significant improvement with early intervention? Any other advice or experience to share?
Thank you :)
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Registered: 03-05-2004
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 10:23am
Def think an early intervention program is a step in the right direction. It helped my son who is DD and ADHD sooo much. Word of advice...do your homewok and make sure you research each program. Our first program was horrible and not right for my sons needs. Half way through the year we placed him in a new program that was so much better. Find the right match for your child's needs at it will make a huge difference. Best of luck!! -When you look at programs in progress peek to see if the teachers are getting down to the floor with the children and playing with them. It usually is a good sign that they are connecting at your child's level.
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Registered: 07-15-2006
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 10:20am
Thank you! I guess I'm a little concerned of what he may be exposed to in such a classroom because he is extremely intelligent with a very high speech level. The last thing we need though is for him to pick up more unwanted behaviors. But if the possibility of improvement is great than it's probably worth it. :)
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Registered: 09-13-2008
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 3:39pm
I would definitely take full advantage of a special pre-k program. My son has autism, ADHD, OCD, ODD, and a seizure disorder. He started full-day, 5 days/week, prek in a varied exceptionality class that had approximately 10 children. It was the best thing I could have ever done for him. He spent 3 years prior to K in this program and it helped him immensely.

The program typically teaches your normal prek program but with special supports for children with special needs. It typically is a small class size.

GL to you both. I hope he loves school if you put him in. Mine did. :)
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