|What the school system is legally supposed to|
provide your child...the Chevy.
(Image Source: Chevrolet)
What was going to be informal has suddenly gotten much more formal. We will also be meeting with the school's IST and speech therapist.
And I feel like throwing up...a little. Let's face it, it seems like everything is a fight for special needs parents. You fight EI for more services. You fight your insurer to cover the services that EI won't cover due to "budget cuts". You then fight the school system to provide the services that will help your child succeed.
Unfortunately, as I've heard many parents say, the school system doesn't have to provide the Lexus. They only have to provide a Chevy. That's what you get with "Free and Appropriate Education". No one ever said it was "Free and Best Education".
|What I actually want for Jack...the Lexus. The ski|
chalet would be appreciated, too.
(Image Source: Lexus)
Knowing now what I do, I'm going into this intake process trying to be more prepared than I was going into our BCW evaluations/intake. I'm also baking cookies, as another special needs parent once said she does for all school meetings.
I wish that these transitions were easier. That makes me sound like Jack, doesn't it?
I'll admit that I'm nervous. Jack does well with his program, but I feel like he's got so much potential and could do even more if we were to bump up his program with the addition of preschool plus school therapies. I'd love to see him be in a mainstream classroom one day and my hope is that the intensive work done in these early years might help him achieve that goal one day. No, it's not my goal in the near future, but I am optimistic that at some point past Kindergarten we can aim for it.
It's difficult going into these meetings knowing that so much of your child's future success rests on the intervention provided NOW. It feels like the time I went to fight for additional SI from BCW. I won, but it didn't make me feel any less nauseated.
I'm getting my act together in the best way I know how, by over-preparing for this meeting. I'm bringing my big ol' files of evaluations, notes, and everything else I can throw their way. If nothing else, I want to show that I'm not messing around.
I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, and we have a double-therapy day on Thursday. Hopefully, I won't continue to feel so nervous, but I know I won't be able to rest until Jack's placement is done and I can sit back and watch the progress (hopefully) happen.