About this blog.

My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 24 months. I created this blog to bring meaning to the often-confusing label. Sometimes I have answers. Other times, just more questions.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Countdown, Part I

I mailed the paperwork to my town's public school system. After they receive it, the clock starts and they have 45 days to do evaluations and come up with recommendations or a plan. Brad turns 3 on January 22. To be continued.


rainbowmummy said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
rainbowmummy said...

I didn't realise he was so young!
I really hope that they come up with something that makes you happy.
Egg went to a mainstream nursery (3years-5years) and is now in a special school, which I had a bit of a battle to get him into.
I look forward to your post on this! Stay strong, if they are wrong you will know it in your heart and they will have to fix it.

Laura said...

Thanks. What was Egg's experience with mainstream?

My primary concern with mainstream nursery school (versus special ed): he's so well behaved and independent, he won't get any attention. I see him as the kid who will just play by himself, not bother anyone, and not really thrive. I haven't blogged about this but Brad doesn't cry. Seriously. He doesn't. Unless he's injured, and even then, it's more like a quiet wimper. So he won't be a squeaky wheel, but he's going to need oil.

I'll consider mainstream if I don't like what the town has cooked up for us by way of special ed. They have an integrated program that I hope he'll start in.

rainbowmummy said...

Let me know if you get my YT message, it is not coming up as sent....

rainbowmummy said...

Hi again, I know exactly what you mean, I know it doesn't sound very nice to say but t least it's honest. I was so scared when I went to see his primary for my first visit. It is a moderate learning disability school and whilst Egg is not learning disabeled (so I have been told) he needs a lot of support, and IMO he has a learning PROBLEM. He needs the teacher to teach him correctly. If he went to mainstream the teacher might not care/be bothered/have time/etc. If the school was for severly learning disabeled it would have been the wrong place for him. I also saw a unit which wasn't right, the kids are working towards "big school". I felt really strongly, though I understand why ppl see it differently, that my son did not need to be seperated from his peers and work towards joining them under the one roof. It felt really strange falling in love with a special ed school, I had this nagging feeling that I was meant to be gutted that he wasn't attending mainstream, but I really am not upset at all, I am very happy, though I do have a lot of concerns still with the school, but I am sure it will be ok. I met one dad who had one child in mainstream and one in special ed and he hates how one child is treated so much better than the other.