Should I send my apraxic son to Kindergarten in the fall?

Danielle - posted on 02/01/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




I am torn. My son has speech apraxia and has been in early special education for 2 years, he has really blossomed and I love his teacher. My son also has an impulse disorder and mild ADHD, no meds as he is in an enviornment that can handle his sudden bursts as is. He is a bright boy, average 4 1/2 year old in terms of knowledge. He speech is at a 3 year old level, still hard to understand at times and has a hard time with certain sounds.

My concern is that he currently thrives in his special needs class of 7 (kindergarten has 28). He is resistant to change and it takes him a solid 2 weeks to adapt to changes (can a non special Ed teacher handle this with 27 other kids). "Normal" speaking children his age are starting to notice his speech delay and mention it (I would be devestated if his classmates were making him aware). He has his impulive times and well, sitting still is an issue some days.....many days. I do not want to medicate a 5 year old and I can not guarentee he won't be overly impulsive while at school.

He turns 5 in July. His current teacher is willing to accept him for one more year if that is what I choose. I just am not certain of what to do. Need to decide in the next 2 months.


Firebird - posted on 02/01/2013




My daughter is on the Autism spectrum, she has a speech delay and a few other issues. I kept her in her pre-school for one extra year because she was not ready for kindergarten. She's doing so well in school now and I think if I had put her into kindergarten that year earlier she would not have been able to make the same progress she has made so far.

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