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We have our son (CAPD and SID) in both. He goes half days to special ed and half days to a private pre-school. It's a great blend and gives him the best of both worlds. Does your system allow for half day special ed? Next year our son (who will be 4) will go 4 days private in the a.m. and 5 days special ed in the afternoons. So, it will end up being full days for him but he is very delayed so we are hoping to catch him up!
Not sure if that is what you were looking for -- we've been blessed with a great private pre-school but they would not be enough just on its own.
DS started in a self-contained classroom. At the time, his articulation was pretty bad and I don't think he could've communicated well enough to get much out of an integrated setting. Also, he had a lot of trouble with change and the self-contained classroom had the personnel to deal with that (3 staff to 7 kids).
He's been in an integrated setting for a year and a half now. He is a total mimic so it is very good for him to be exposed to mostly typically developing peers at this point. He is also now very able to follow a classroom routine with just a bit of extra support. (He needs someone to remember to let him know ahead of time if there is a change in routine.)
I think it depends on each kid and where he/she is whether they will get more out of an integrated setting or a self-contained class.
It sounds like your dd is pretty young. Special needs preschool is a nice gentle transition step for young kids. That's something you might want to consider.
My ds liked his "regular" preschool, but he turned into a behavior problem. It was too loud. Never did the art projects because he has fine motor delay and just avoids that kind of activity. He couldn't follow at circle b/c he has a receptive language delay. School had little meaning for him beyond just playing with toys and eating snack.
On the other hand he's a star in the special ed preschool. It's orderly and supportive. The staff understands his challenges and there is always someone to sit next to him to help him finish art projects and reinforce concepts. He feels competent and confident.
Just my two cents. Good luck
I integrated preschool!
She had a 1:1 aide and attended 1/2 days. She was by FAR the most involved child in the class. But, it was great for her. She got lots of modeling of speech, plenty of opportunities for social engagement and a terrific teaching staff who really believed in inclusion.
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