Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Schooling Decision

 Well, we are feeling pretty conflicted about Mikan's schooling future right now.  We've consulted with his IEP team who all think he needs to be in kindergarten.  The problem with sending him to another year of preschool is that his interests are too mature.  It will be difficult for him to socialize with kids who are not interested in the same things that he is.  Right now we are leaning towards sending him for nearly a full day of kindergarten and then taking him to his ABA therapy center for a few hours at the end of each day, or at least a few times a week (assuming our insurance approves the hours).  I observed at the kindergarten we would send him to and I realized that he already knew everything they were learning.  The kindergarten teachers are qualified to differentiate instruction for him and scaffold his learning, so I really am beginning to think he needs to be there.  He still is very emotionally immature, but he will have a full-time aid at school that will help set up social opportunities for him to be successful.  We are putting our faith in God that this is the right decision for him.

We are heading to Indy soon to follow-up with Mikan's physiatrist.  We will discuss the possibility of botox injections and other bracing regimens.

 The weather is warming up, and we've been playing outside!!!

But it was cold enough last weekend to need a winter hat still...

Mikan was pretty proud of his "city."  Each of the objects on the table he said represents either Granger, South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, his ABA school, his future kindergarten, Meijer, and United Art and Education

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