Yesterday I had a meeting at the elementary school where Knox will hopefully be attending preschool in January. I was hugely impressed with the professionals on his “team” and am really excited to get him into this new program. He will be dropped from BabyNet when he turns three, and will transition over to the school district for services. Also, in South Carolina, there’s a program called “PDD Waiver” that will provide similar services to BabyNet, and they just passed a legislative change allowing kids currently in BabyNet to jump to the top of the waiting list. This is awesome because now kids that have been getting therapy won’t experience a gap in services and halt progress being made. Basically, we will get more ABA service, a new coordinator and will be able to keep our current speech therapist outside of school, then he will get a whole team of specialists to work with in school.
I was very surprised at how seriously each child is taken, within our school district. They really care about each kid and are very thorough in their preparations. We had an hour-long meeting at the elementary school with the on-staff child psychologist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, assistant principal, a 5k teacher and our own interventionist. Each professional asked me questions about Knox, and we scheduled several evaluations to occur before the end of the year. He should be eligible to start at his new school on his third birthday in January. We’ll be sad to leave his current preschool where he loves to attend, but the benefits of this new school will be huge for him. It will likely be four half-days a week, but we’ll know more after his evaluations. The actual school is brand new, and SO nice. I’m so glad we chose this district to live in because they are really on top of their game in special education services.
Hopefully this transition is a smooth one for him, and we are excited to give him this opportunity for more improvement!
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