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 Last week, I attended Leah Rose’s IEP with her teachers and therapists.  Nothing makes a mom prouder than to sit and listen to 4 people give glowing reports on your child and just go on and on about how much they love her and enjoy having her around.  I mean, really, a mom can’t get enough of it.  She’s “bright” and “loves learning”.  She can identify colors, shapes, upper and lower case letters, writes her first name, and understands concepts like big/little, large/small, etc.  She can even read certain words like “we”, “will” and “learn”.  She loves going to school and greets everyone with a smile and hug as she walks down the hall and when entering the classroom.  As far as learning goes, according to one of the tests given to her, she is testing academically at the age of 7 years 3 months (she is 5 years 6 months now) and the other test she scored at 79, which is in the 84 percentile for her age group.  She can follow rules, and is very routine oriented.  She loves to be the line leader and takes her “duties” very seriously.

Leah Rose has been in pre-k since she was 3 years old, starting in Florida in September 2006, and continuing when we  moved to Georgia in December 2006.  She is now in an “inclusion” preschool class.   There are only 5 students out of the 20 that are special needs, and no one really knows who they are except the teachers.  There has been such a dramatic behavioral change since she started school…  such as shyness around adults.  She used to not want a stranger to touch her.  I noticed that every “new” adult that approached her wanted to reach out and touch and hug, and she would either curl up in a ball in the floor, or hide behind me.  No matter how much I would encourage her and tell her these were my friends, she wasn’t having any of it.  That is no longer the case, she now carries on a conversation with anyone who speaks to her.  She will ask them their name, tell them her name and how old she is.  Sometimes she will even ask them how old they are.  This is especially true in restaurants, she will “chat up” the waitresses and waiters, and even the clerks at the cash registers in the stores.   Loud noises would frighten her, such as toilets flushing.  For the most part, she is over that, except when we go to new places that have automatic flushing toilets.  She used to only want to interact with adults, but now she is moving towards playing with or alongside her classmates.  Her biggest strengths are handwriting and drawing.  Leah’s sessions with her Developmental Specialist has been reduced to “monitoring” in the classroom.

As far as therapy goes, she was dismissed from physical therapy earlier in the year.  I was told at that time she could ride a bicycle around the playground, and some of her classmates couldn’t even manage that.  She will continue occupational therapy through the end of the year, then she will be “monitored” for the first quarter of the next year.  Her fingers and hands are mobile and can manipulate scissors in cutting out shapes.  The speech therapist is new.  She has only been with Leah since January, but she is very pleased with Leah’s ability to concentrate and focus on the exercises required of her.  She has difficulty with the “sh” and “s” sounds.  Sometimes she has a nasaly sound when making the s, z, sh, ch and j sounds.  Her verbal skills are very high.   She knows a lot of big words that I don’t think I knew when I was that age.  She talks non-stop, from the time she gets up until the time her eyes close at night.  She is constantly asking for me to spell words for her, and makes up rhyming words, and opposite words.  She is very imaginative and makes up songs, acting out scenes.  She even plans out scenarios, for instance, if I tell her we are going to a party, she tells me exactly what she is going to do when we get there.

Currently, she is attending a primary school that is out of our school zone, only because the “inclusion” class is not offered at the elementary school we are zoned for.  The new school was established a couple of years ago  and are still working on growing their staff and resources.  It was recommended that Leah should transfer to her zoned school next year and no longer be in the “inclusion” type classroom.  I had been asking her teachers for several months if I needed to register her for Kindergarten, and they kept telling me they would find out and let me know, and definitely have the answer at the IEP meeting.  Well, they didn’t.  This meeteing was on  Wednesday and registration ended on Friday.  They promised to find out and let me know.  So I went home and promptly forgot about it, largely due to my sinuses kicking up because of the weather changes.  I was in a fog, and didn’t pay particular attention to her “agenda” that is sent home in her backpack every day.  Until Friday afternoon, at 4:45 pm.  I opened it up and there was a note, “please register Leah at her zoned school”.  I panicked:eek:.  What do you mean?  Why didn’t you call me, or send me an email?  Registration is over!  I frantically called the school and nobody answered the phone.  I didn’t even get an answering machine.  So then I scurry around trying to find all the paperwork I needed…  let’s see, utility bill, check, social security card…  uh oh,  I lost it, it is nowhere to be found.  Birth certificate, no that’s mine, that’s Ted’s, my shot record?  Good grief, that won’t do.  Marriage certificates, divorce decrees, no, no, no.  Everything except her shot record, her social security card, and her birth certificate.  So I took a breather, guzzled a Dr. Pepper, and I think I may have even had a milky way bar.  Came back and found the birth certificate, right where it was supposed to be, then I found a copy of her social security card.  Well, 3 out of 5, okay, I think I can live with that.  I worried about it all weekend, whether or not I was going to be able to get Leah registered at the new school.  Then a thought occurred to me:idea:, well, do you think they waited so late to tell me was because they wanted to keep Leah for themselves?  Silly thought.  But possible.  Finally, Monday came around and I went to the new school, and they will be accepting kindergarten registrations through the end of the year.  Thank goodness.  The administrator was very kind and took the paperwork I had and I filled out the forms.  She said she would call the primary school for this year’s physical/vision/ear exam, and for her shot record.  And then she told me I had to bring her in for testing, Bracken’s I think.  I thought that was one of the test results that her teacher gave me, but there isn’t a mention of it in her IEP at all, nowhere.  So she is signed up for that in May.  Whew!  What a relief to have that all done, except….  I still have this nagging question…  is she registered, or not?  I know that sounds kinda dumb after all the hoops I just went through.  But here is the last thing the administrator said to me, “We are getting a couple of new classes next year, and we’re not sure what is going on”.  Okay, that doesn’t sound good to me.:???:

Next week…  Spring Break.  She is going to have withdrawals with no one to play with.  I’m going to go crazy:shock:.


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