Friday, February 27, 2009

Isaiah's initial transition meeting...

As most of you know, Isaiah receives speech therapy through our local Early Intervention program. It only goes to age 3, so we are starting the process of transferring over to the school system, as he turns three the first part of July.

On Wednesday, we met with our EI service coordinator, the preschool special education director, and one of the school's speech therapist. The preschool director explained the transition procedure, complete with a nifty flowchart. We then chatted about Isaiah's strengths and weaknesses while the preschool director took notes. They'll make the decision, and we'll meet again the first of May to see if he is eligible. Our speech therapist says he most likely will be, as he's still only talking in one-word sentences and it's still very hard to understand the few words he does use regularly.

And while I did express concern about some of his behavioral issues, it seems the eligibility will only be based on his speech/language delay. She did jotted them down, so at least it's "on record", I think. I explained how rigid he is in his routine, how things have to be in a certain order, as well as the frequent complete emotional meltdowns when things don't go as planned, which happens countless times a day. I also mentioned his constantly putting things into his mouth, licking, chewing on, and eating everything, plus his newest thing of sniffing everything.

I guess we'll just wait and see what happens.

What did Isaiah think of this meeting? Well, it was right during his naptime, and I guess he found it less-than-exciting...

8 comments:

Caroline D. said...

awwww, look at hime cuddled up with Curious George. My 2 year old is obsessed with him.

Hope all goes well with the transition!

jupitersinclair said...

Aww, sleeping kids are always so cute :)

Good luck with the EI process! We had a terrible time w/ it when our youngest daughter needed speech therapy. And we live in "The Good School Distict" :-/ grrrr.

Amy said...

April -- We're about 3 years ahead of you and still fighting the battle. (I blogged about it recently -- "Not Quirky Enough.") But I will tell you that Robbie has become much more tolerable of routine change and such.

Lynanne said...

The photo is absolutely precious! I shudder when I think back to the days of EI and IFPs. It seems like yesterday but yet ions ago. My only advice - keep good notes and follow-up on every meeting. Sometimes what is discussed as being the best plan of action doesn't always translate to what actually gets done.

rainbowmummy said...

Eggs a sniffer too!! Though when I went to lunch with Eggs Dad the other day (on a rare day off) my food came out and all of a sudden I hear "That's why he does it" apparently I had my nose in my lunch, lol.

With Egg the "therapy", speech and play have done nothing but piss the both of us off, but now at almost six he is coming round :0) It's VERY exciting, and hi speech
:0D amazing!!!!!

beansntatersmama said...

So precious, I love to watch a youngin of any age sleep. I still call all mine babies. I hope everything goes well for him, and he adjusts well. I need a price on that girl cape by the way and you really should list them as made to order you would so be selling tons. angie

Laura said...

Good luck April. And don't let the bureaucrats get you down.

babyboofelt said...

Aww he's so cute!
Good luck with the speech therapy! I got a prescription from Gavin' Pediatrician so he goes to a local out patient program at a near by hospital twice a week. We're holding off on preschool in part so he doesn't get transferred to a school for it, and because my sister and law and I are still shopping around for a good school district as well.