Transition is HARD!!

The definition of transition: movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult, transition is hard for everyone. Especially for those who are extra sensitive to change. Most special needs families are well aware when your child turns 3 years old a huge transition occurs.

For example, your child can receive early intervention (which is state funded) from birth to 3 years old. Soon as your child turns 3 years old the world opens up to many opportunities and tough decisions. Do you want to have your child evaluated by the school district to see if they qualify for special education or go the private therapy route (if you have the money)? As parents, we want what’s best for our children to provide the best services we can to help them succeed and grow. (more…)

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Wow…that went by way to fast!

First day in kindergarten

Today is Michaela’s last day of kindergarten. I don’t know about you but for me, this school year has flown by! Michaela had the most wonderful and understanding kindergarten teacher this year. We couldn’t of asked for anyone better.

When Michaela goes to school, she has is infectious personality that everyone wants to be around and everyone in school knows her. Getting Michaela’s IEP in place was one of the reasons this school year was successful along with all the support she has received. (more…)

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Yep, I’m getting nervous

I can’t believe Melanie’s developmental pediatrician appointment is just 2 weeks away, December 1st. I worked so hard to get this appointment starting in April. I waited 2 months to just get the paperwork, then I filled out TONS of paperwork, sending ALL the paperwork back in, waiting for a call about the appointment then learning about the LONG waiting list, and I called once a month checking with the scheduler to see where we were on the waiting list to be called for an appointment. Every time I saw our pediatrician she would ask me if we had an appointment yet. Sigh…so frustrating. (more…)

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One year ago…and look at where we are today

I just realized on September 28th and 29th, 2010; Michaela was being evaluated by the school district psychologist, special education teacher, occupational and speech therapist for autism. I mean, the days lead up to this evaluation I was a nervous wreck and anxious. After the first day of the evaluation the school psychologist told me Michaela was doing very well (meaning there was nothing wrong and I thought about not taking Michaela back for the second day of the evaluation). Then on the 29th it all changed!!! (more…)

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Michaela’s kindergarten year has begun!

Ready for kindergarten!

Ready for kindergarten!

What a week! Michaela was able to met her new kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mullins last Monday. Michaela was nervous about walking into the school and going to her new room. She had her hands over her ears for about 10 minutes because she was worried about the fire alarm going off. Mrs. Mullins did a good job in trying to help Michaela get more comfortable, by asking questions about her summer and showing her the Lego table in the room. While Michaela was exploring the room Mrs. Mullins and I discussed what to expect for the school year and we talked about some issues to be aware of for the year. (more…)

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