Hi, I have a 5 yr old dd with Asperger's. She's in a small charter school that supposedly serves kids with AS and/or ADHD. She wasn't 5 by the cutoff for Kindergarten, but they let her start in October (after she turned 5). So technically she's supposed to start first grade in the fall, but I KNOW she's not ready for full-day school five days per week- this year (it was her first year of school) she's built up to half days five days per week. While she's doing pretty well now, it was rough at first, and I owe a lot of her ability to cope to her teacher this year. Next year there will be a brand new teacher and three times as many students in her classroom.
So, I know state laws require a first grader to be educated "x" amount of hours per day, week, etc. Can you all think of any creative ways to get around that?? I'm not a huge fan of the IEP coordinator or principal :(, so when I present my "plan," I want to feel pretty darn solid. Has anyone ever done a combo of in-class time and homeschooling, or in-class time with a teacher at home part-time? The laws always talk about "least restrictive environment," but I don't know how to pull that off successfully for my daughter.
Any thoughts would be greatly, greatly appreciated!!