Laura - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
My son is 7 and just finished his 1st grade year (half days there the afternoon half in his AI room). He started the half day inclusion in January so he was only in there for half a year. For awhile his teachers were telling me he's adjusting well but would benefit another year in 1st grade. Two days before school was to finish for the year, his principal informed me at his IEP that it would be better for him to continue with his socialization and move up to 2nd grade and work on his 1st grade academics in a resource room or in his AI class in the pm. Their reasoning behind this is they work more for social development in the age appropriate grade level and work the academics according to their speed.
My concern is my son's awareness that he's not at level with his "peers". Isn't that part of the socialization? Has anyone with an older child dealt with this? Are they aware they are not at the same academic level and still be able to socialize? Are the other kids more likely to taunt if they are aware he's not at the same level or will they not care?
Anyone have experience with this challenge?