Kristi - posted on 05/28/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




So I am extremely nervous my son will start pre school in the fall and he does not like to stick to tasks that require sitting or anything quiet. He tends to freak out throw himself on the floor or anything in his way he will throw. He was in EI for speech but after 2 months he evaluated out. I am going to get a diagnosis for the SPD in a couple weeks, so I hope maybe with that he will qualify for a 1 on 1. That is what he really needs so he can understand and grasp the whole school aspect. I do not want to send him to kindergarten without having some sort of school routine. He is extremely big on schedule, always needs to know whats coming up next and anything that does not intrigue him he is dead against! I will just feel bad for the teachers if he doesnt get a specialist to help him transition from one activity to the next. Doesnt help that I live in a horrible school district!!!


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Beth - posted on 07/09/2010




Under No Child Left Behind, you should be able to get a Section 504 based on the American Disabilities Act that states your child has been diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder and requires certain allowances. Ask your school principal and counselor. This is required by law and whatever is written in the plan must be followed. For example, if your child requires a certain routine, that can be included. Also, it can include anything that keeps him from missing out on the same educational opportunities that the other children have.

Amy - posted on 06/09/2010




I had the same concerns with my son. He graduates PreK this Friday. Fortunately, our PreK worked with us. He was tested through the school district and received an ESE (early special education) teacher for one hour a week. We also did private OT twice a week until insurance ran out (two months). Now we are going once a week. For kindergarten he will have ESE two hours a day and OT through the school district. I think they are being diligent since once he turns six we will have to find another diagnosis since SPD is not on the list. Everything we learned in OT we shared with his PreK teachers. They were interested in making his learning experience successful. His teachers took CEs pertaining to special needs kids and practiced what they learned. Everyone worked together and talked about his needs. I worry kindergarten will be a battle. All I can do is communicate what I know. Share books I've read and listen to their concerns as well. Let them know what works and what doesn't. For transition your son will either have to be first or last (it helps). Most classes do have a schedule and if your son is like mine he will be the one to make sure they stick to it. It can be a great experience. There will be many hard days though.

Sylvia - posted on 06/04/2010




keep in mind many school districts do not honor spd as an issue. my so has been refuse OT so I pay privately. Get help now the earlier the better!

Armanda - posted on 05/28/2010




Have you spoken to the teachers at the preschool? I used to teach before I had my son, and I know the value of parental involvement, especially when children have special needs. I have know of parents who have not informed the school/ teacher, and this makes it more difficult for the students to succeed. Even if your son does not qualify for 1on1 or a specialist, there are always accomidations/ adaptations that can be made by the classroom teacher. They may have had prior experience with sensory disorders. If not, this gives them some time to research, talk to colleagues or administrators,and prepare before preschool starts. Get the teacher on board! He/ she will be more than willing to help your child. ( and if they are not, find a new program for your son.) If you son likes books, I would also suggest starting to read stories about children going to school. Talk about what the kids in the pictures are doing, ask him if he likes those things too, ect. It might also help to "play" school with him, so he will have an idea of how the routines and activities work. Then they might not seem so new or upsetting. I hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you!

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