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If my son attends full time 8:25-2:45pm. There was talk my son could attend part-time but then his therapy would be reduced too. Also this is group therapy not individual therapy. There are only 5 other boys in the class so I cannot figure out why they would not get individual ST.<br><br>
Everyone agrees my son's issues are severe. The SLP said he shows signs of "apraxia" and I think I let her know I was informed when I told her my son was diagnosed with apraxia as well as dysarthria and his hypotonia affects his tongue as well.<br><br>
I feel like once again the school system cannot meet my children's needs.<br><br>
The classroom was darkened and the 5 boys enrolled were sleeping on mats when we visited. They have a bathroom in the room and the SLP's office is next door. The playground is right outside the door about 10 feet away. It looked clean and the aide was older than the teacher and I liked her immediately. The teacher has a Masters in Special Ed and 8 years experience. She is also a new mom with a 9 mos dd. The children in the room are all special needs. There is a separate classroom for children with autism. I think my child got this room based on his severe language issues. He was diagnosed with PDD by one psychologist.<br><br>
If he went I could get a break from him (but I still have 3 homeschooled children so it's not a total break from children).<br><br>
Possibly he might sleep better since he would have to be there by 8:25am (he normally wakes 9-9:30am) and when he has to get up earlier he does goes to sleep earlier.<br><br>
He also might learn to eat better since he would have lunch there (playground time is after lunch and if I picked him up before lunch he'd never get to go to the playground and it's his fav thing and also within sight of his classroom).<br><br>
He would be getting more ST even if it is group therapy.<br><br>
On the other hand he might not eat at lunch, he might just be cranky from having to get up early a couple of days a week, he might gain no benefit from group speech therapy (reading the SLPs goal was kinda funny since he's been in ST for 2 years and not met the goals she has for him in about 5 mos but it's great she's positive eh?). I might resent having to drive him to school and deal with the huge numbers of other parents who drive their children to school (pick up would be better since he would get out earlier than the entire school population). He might be sick everyday and make us all sick too (normally we get sick once a year and sometimes we don't get sick at all).<br><br>
It's very hard to decide. I wish I could be like my mom and just send me to school without a second thought (my mom watched "The Price Is Right" while mean dogs chased me while I walked to school in a bad neighborhood but that's another thread eh?).<br><br>
I was thinking I might send him for a month on a trial basis. I can't type up all the paperwork I got but what they are offering seems like good babysitting to me and I just want therapy. They were very pleased my son is potty trained. The children there are 3-6 years old. This school seems much nicer than the school behind my house.<br><br>
Everyone says you can ST through the schools. I suspect everyone has not actually tried to get ST eh?<br><br>
Sincerely,<br>
Debra, homeschooling mom of 4 ages 11(AS), 10, 8, and 4 1/2(Apraxia, Dysarthria, PDD, OCD)
 

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I've only skimmed your post (really, really fast!) but I know that group ST is very common in our sd as well. They only pull out the really really REALLY severe speech issues for individual therapy, as they theorize that the group setting itself is helpful/beneficial in ways that individualized therapy isn't. I think for SN kids that group school settings can be beneficial in ways other than "just" what therapies they receive while there, and that it's about the whole package.<br><br>
I guess I'm suggesting that it's easier to start and try it out for a while and pull him if he's not benefiting than it would be to delay starting and then have to start from scratch with the iep process, etc.
 

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This is a tough decision - I would take some time to really think it through. You've got some very valid positive and negative points listed already. My daughter gets both individual and group therapy at her school - she has a language issue as opposed to a speech issue however. I like how you chuckled about the optimistic goals by the school's SLP hehe.<br><br>
Good luck in your decision!
 

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Hmm, I don't see how they can reduce his therapy time if you only send him part-time. Home-schooled kids can still get services, it shouldn't matter how much time he actually spends in school. Well, assuming he's there as many hours as he has therapy I guess.<br><br>
If he goes and is not making adequate progress toward his goals, you would have a pretty good argument for upping his therapy time.<br><br>
(BTW, DS attends an inclusion classroom and his speech/language issues are things like sustaining a conversation. He is perfectly capable of telling me things like "Elliot got sent to the principal's office for hitting the teacher." He gets an hour a week of ST--and I didn't even have to ask for it, that's just what they offered. So school districts really vary.)
 

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I think it wouldn't hurt to try it for a month for a trial. And don't be surprised if the first week or two are really hard!<br><br>
I also wonder if you could get more speech (at least 1 individual session a week) if you got an outside assessment and recommendations. I know this has sometimes worked in our SD.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmm, I don't see how they can reduce his therapy time if you only send him part-time.<br><br>
So school districts really vary.)</div>
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but if he is not there full time then he will not get group therapy when it occurs when he is absent. My son would attend from 8:25am-noon so any therapy that occurs from noon-2:45pm he would miss as I understand it.<br><br>
I live in FL. The schools here are terrible and in desperate need of funding.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it wouldn't hurt to try it for a month for a trial. And don't be surprised if the first week or two are really hard!<br><br>
I also wonder if you could get more speech (at least 1 individual session a week) if you got an outside assessment and recommendations. I know this has sometimes worked in our SD.<br><br>
Good luck!</div>
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since he already gets 60 minutes of private speech therapy (sorry I didn't include that in my OP). I gave them a copy of his most recent private speech therapy evaluation and it was included in their report.<br><br>
Yesterday he went to the dentist for the first time and he not only got his teeth cleaned but he got bite wing xrays as well!!!! I don't think he'll have a problem going to pre-school. He seems truly ready for a little separation. However last night I took the girls out to our church to see The Nutcracker and he later on told me "I no go at night". I think he meant I wasn't supposed to go somewhere at night?<br><br>
Sincerely,<br>
Debra
 
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