HI!! Newbie here....

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Registered: 07-31-2004
HI!! Newbie here....
Tue, 01-18-2005 - 6:43pm

I'm a SAHM of 3 kids, all CSS. DS #2, dh's & my 3rd, was born a preemie (28 wks.)due to PROM. He started walking last mid-Jul. when he was due one year earlier. An ECI ot & slt have been coming to our house. This is where it's hard for me...last week I took Zach to the ped. orthopedist as he was still toewalking. Upon asking a few questions and examining him the dr. told me what I was hoping NOT to hear....Zach has mild CP. He told me that it's due to him being a preemie. He's also speech delayed, but the sppech therapist assures me taht he's come a long way and has made great strides. It has been difficult for me as back in Oct. when I took him to the ped. and mentioned how he was walking he (the ped.) told me that he was fine. I'd been thinking that I did something wrong during my pregnancy why he was born way before his EDD almost 3 yrs. ago. ECI service comes to a halt the moment he turns 3. Tomorrow AM the transition coordinator will be meeting me at the school where my two older kids go (DS #1 is in K and DD is in PK. Both were fullterm). Apparently the school has a special ed. program and I was told by the transition coordinator that it looks like he qualifies. Right now I'm a bag of mixed emotions. I don't know where I'm going.


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 01-18-2005 - 7:24pm

Hi Jen and welcome to the board.



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Registered: 02-19-2004
Wed, 01-19-2005 - 10:10pm

Hi Jen and welcome! My son went through that same transition about a year and a half ago. I was scared of the unknown but things fell into place for me. I would recommend that you contact the person over special education at you school district. Ask them if you will be able to choose what school you child will attend in the area. Some special ed classrooms are better than others. Make appointments with the teachers and visit the classrooms. Look for the class that is well organized and the teacher has control over her class. I saw some pretty disorganized classrooms when I visited the schools. Hopefully your school district will let you pick the school that is best for your child. You will also have to meet with the school to create an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). This is a very important document for your child and if you are not familiar with the IEP process you can visit the Parentsoup IEP or Special Education boards. You can get a lot of good advice there. The IEP will determine how much therapy your child will receive at school. It will also dictate what special equipment your child may need to have in school.

Looking forward to getting to know you better!



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Registered: 09-01-2004
Sat, 01-22-2005 - 10:40pm

Hello and Welcome!

Sorry it took me so long for a welcome! Things have been crazy on my end as you can see from my post titles "hospital visit" I am a mom of 6 with twins on the way all are special needs. If you need anything I am here and I totally understand everything you are going through! I hope to see you around the board and at chat!