Schooling. What to do, it constantly is on my mind on what we should do for Elizabeth. Elizabeth was eligible for JK this September but we did not enroll her. Elizabeth continues to go to her Nursery school 3 mornings a week and we are very happy with the school she is in, her classroom has 7 children which I love. With Elizabeth still in pre-school she continues to receive pre-school services at our Children's Center she receives OT, PT, AVT, Speech (for feeding) and a resource consultant for pre-school. Her therapy is direct and usually every 1-2 weeks, although it is fading. Once Elizabeth is enrolled in the school board she loses these direct services and will be seen sporadically at her school (no parental involvement) for consultation with her teachers. We can continue our private PT as our insurance covers the cost which is great but Elizabeth needs OT and Speech which we do not have insurance coverage for.
The other dilemma is what age group should she be paired with? If Elizabeth was born at term then she would not be eligible to start school until September 2009. My thinking is to hold her back and put her where she should have been but this requires a fight from us to do so. Elizabeth is so scattered in her skills I do not know where to put her. Elizabeth's gross motor and self help skills are still in the 12-16mths range, her language and cognition is beyond her age but her social and emotional skills are still behind. I know she will understand the curriculum but will other children understand her and can she keep up with physically active peers? So many questions.
We do have the opportunity to keep her in her pre-school (for a monthly fee) as they have a kindergarten class with a low ratio but as her Pediatrician says enrolling her in the school board now will ensure she gets the assistance of a aid as she has many safety concerns.
Any ideas? I need all the help I can get.