Thursday, May 06, 2010

ARD time!

I know most people hate ARD meetings (Admission/Review/Dismissal meetings for Special Education), but as I've said before I really enjoy them. KayTar is such a hoot, both at home and in class, that about 50% of the meeting is trading hilarious stories about her. The other 50% is the actual meeting part and to date, I've never been in disagreement with the staff's plan for KayTar. Today was no different!

My baby will be a MAINSTREAMED Kindergartner in the fall! :) Cognitively, she is far above a Kindergarten level, she reads/comprehends at least as at 3rd grade level (though, she DOES read from our college textbooks just fine), can do simple math, and just this week she taught on of her teachers what phlanges are and held an impromptu session on hypoglycemia in a neighboring PreK classroom. Kindergarten is below her intelligence level and I would think about requesting a grade level advance at this point except for the fact that she really needs to learn how to behave properly in a structured classroom environment first. KayTar knows A LOT, and because of this, she has a hard time sitting back and letting the teacher do the teaching and letting her peers answer questions. Most, if not all, of her goals for next year are social speech related.

As far as accommodations at school, she will get preferential seating in class so that the teacher is on her right side (due to her profound left-sided hearing loss) and she will have a medical plan in place for her various maladies. She's require more meds at school meds next year because it will be a FULL DAY, and she'll need at least 1 tube feeding while she is there, too. We are also going to get a PT screener (not as in-depth as an eval) to see if she will be functional in PE without adaptations because of her lagging gross motor development. She is still labeled as "speech impaired" because of her initial evaluation at age 3, but that is CLEARLY not the case any longer, so in the fall she will get her speech eval earlier than required to fix that. All in all, it is a good plan for her!

12 comments:

Hetha said...

Excellent! It feels so good to see them make progress and trust that they're in such capable hands. Is she excited about a full day program? Our kinder is only half day, but switching to full day next year.

alejna said...

Go KayTar!

Becca said...

Hurray!!! It's amazing how far she has come!

Magpie said...

She is awesome. Good job.

painted maypole said...

yippee!

(and Happy Mother's Day!)

Cori said...

I am just amazed with Miss Katie. To think back on the road she has traveled and how it all started. Did you ever think you would be at this awesome place? I am so proud of her! What an amazing little girl she is! I can't wait to see what the future holds for her!

InTheFastLane said...

Probably most people don't have as much fun at ARD meetings as you get to, either. I go to several a month.... But KayTar is in a league of her own.

wsxwhx744 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

She is amazing. And so are you.

jo(e) said...

This sounds like good news!

moplans said...

great!

Scientific Lutheran said...

yippee!