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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How is Michaela doing in kindergarten…

You might ask. I am happy to say she is adjusting very well! Considering she didn’t go to school for most of the first week. I emailed her teacher last week to get an update and asked some basic questions on how Michaela is adjusting to the classroom noise, how she is doing during circle time, and when the special education teacher visits the room. Here is Mrs. Mullins response! (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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The “big girl bed” transition

Well, it’s been day (or should I say, night) three of Melanie vs. the toddler bed and, so far, I’ve been pretty impressed. Melanie seems to be taking to the toddler bed very well.

Last night was a good indicator: she was really tired and really kranky. Since she is so big, we had to ditch the changing table and are now changing her on the floor. She doesn’t like it very much and puts on quite a struggle. Kelli changed her diaper but I read to her to try and calm her down. She wouldn’t have it. (more…)

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