So my husband and I are going to the philosophical level on our views of the educational system.
What we will need to decide on is what we are looking for for our children, then figure out where that is going to be met.
Currently, our son’s kindergarten teacher is recommending another year of K.
If he stays with that school, I think I agree with her. It is very traditional as far as educational practices are concerned and students from that school tend to do well when they go to another school (moving, or high school). It is also a K-8 school. I greatly dislike middle schools, especially for our son. That would be our only option with the public schools. Lastly, but really most importantly, we want our children to grow up with a Christian Education!
We have come to realize that we actually understand and are not totally opposed to homeschooling.
Right now that would be more of a punishment to our son as he loves going to school and seeing his friends. But if push came to shove, I would pull him out and teach him myself!
I also realized at our conference that I need to do a better job of educating his teacher about what all SPD entails. I was telling her that we have worked past most of his defensiveness and are now working on gross and fine motor development.
For example we are working on strengthening his “core”. I was telling her how we got him a therapy ball to sit on and work on posture and such. It is because of his weak core that he “w” sits or sits with his legs out and propped up on one hand. She didn’t realize that is why he doesn’t like “criss-cross applesauce, hands in your lap”. AH!!!!
I don’t think I would have it that much better in a public school after talking to a friend that works in my district. She knows very little about it, and I might get the OT on staff to help make some suggestions for accommodations, but SPD doesn’t qualify someone for and IEP.
Basically we are at the stage that Autism was at 20 years ago. Still gathering research to prove this exists, and what works as far as treatment!
There are days I am so tired of having to deal with all of this. Having to make sure he gets his “sensory diet”, having to educate the world around us about it, having to figure out what accommodations I have to make for him to be successful in a day. It wears me out!
I am thankful for my son though. I know other parents have things much worse! Some days it’s just easy to get frustrated with it all!