Pre-schooler Simon

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 8:56 PM | comments: 0

We got word today that Simon qualifies for pre-school in our new district. That's a huge relief, and at the same time, disappointing because it means our concerns about him being so behind in certain developmental areas are validated. Regardless, he'll get a couple of hours a day, and that will include speech therapy, and possibly physical or occupational therapy. They already have set goals for him.

He was already on track to start school back in the Cleveland 'burbs, and we decided when we moved that we would put him in school regardless of what the local jurisdiction decided. The new school tested and rated him on a number of different things, and some things I never even considered are issues. For example, he's lacking maturity in how he responds to frustration. I figured that was just him being 3.

The thing I'm most looking forward to is that he'll be spending time with other kids. His weekly routine of play dates and library stories stopped when we moved, and Diana is still in the process of ramping up and meeting people. I really think that this socialization will help.

Again, at this stage, the evaluators and experts don't classify him as having any particular disability, which is also a relief. Still, he has essentially two years to catch up so that he's ready for kindergarten, and we need help getting him there.


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