Just a little background. My 6 year old dd was diagnosed PDD-NOS a few months ago. We don't have a detailed report yet, but we just finished testing. Her ped psych wanted to wait until she was 6 to do all the testing, she just turned 6 in June.
I can feel the stress starting to build, school starts in 2 weeks. I'm very anxious about how 1st grade will go. It's been so nice all summer not having to worry about how her behavior was at school (social issues). No yellow lights or red lights to discuss. She does not deal well with change so I can only imagine how the school year will begin. I've been being very positive with her and talking about it. She's excited about going, so that's a plus.
I'm not sure if she will have a 504 or an IEP, but she will need some special treatment it seems. That also makes me nervous, the thought of going through the process with a new teacher. I was very fortunate that her kindergarten teacher was someone I knew personally, so I was very comfortable talking to her. I've never met this teacher and won't until the day before school starts. Her ped psych suggested preferential seating (away from windows and doors) and she is a very strong visual learner and had a difficult time learning from just telling her things, another accomodation she may need. He also suggested having her speech and language tested.
I keep hearing how important 1st grade is now, how much they need to learn during this year. I just worry she's going to fall behind or have a very difficult time. In our district you cannot hold a child back, even if the parent requests it, so she has to make it work.
All of these things stress me out. I do feel very fortunate that I have good friends that work at her school and give me great advice. They even took extra time to match her with the teacher they felt was best suited for her.
Her ped psych is trying to get a group together of families like us. One group for the kids to work on their social skills together and one for the parents to talk about things. I'm really looking forward to this. It will be nice to sit down and talk to others who are going through similar things.
Thank you to anyone who read through all this. It's just nice to get this out to people who probably understand what it is like.
Lilly (6) PDD-NOS