In about five weeks we will be making some BIG changes.
M had her speech evaluation that will determine what type of services she will get once she turns three. The SLP evaluating her did not even complete the articulation part of the eval since she had already heard enough of M's speech to know that it would be difficult for her and it was not needed to make a recommendation of...PRESCHOOL!
After her third birthday, M will begin attending a speech and language classroom in the county's developmental preschool. All preschools are (supposed to be) language rich, but in this classroom, M will be required to use words more than in a typical preschool. She will get speech therapy (hopefully individual and group) right there, and the teachers are experienced in helping children find their voices. It will be four mornings a week, and is about 35 minutes from our home (though I don't know the specifics).
I don't consider this to be official, but it won't be official until very close to the start of preschool when the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is written. The SLP determined that preschool would be beneficial since she would need more than two half hour sessions of therapy per week to continue making good progress.
This is what we hoped for, but this is still so hard to grasp! We have many questions and really, it's just hard to imagine mornings with M away.
I don't quite understand the emotions I am feeling, but it's pretty bittersweet, as you might imagine. My baby is three years from kindergarten, yet she's going away to school...and not just in town...far away. We do know this is what is best for M, it's just hard to comprehend what our future will look like.
Of course there are also the questions of how to prepare her for preschool. Can you recommend some books that are appropriate for two/three year olds going to school? I seem to be familiar with books for older ones mostly. I know bedtime will need to change, too. I remember hearing to change it 15 minutes at a time. What do you think? We'll visit the preschool, but what else can we do to prepare both M and us (the parents) for this transition?
Any thoughts you might share with us are greatly appreciated! Thanks
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