These two schools are really the only places where we saw classes that we thought would be a good fit for R.
I tried hard to be objective. I understand that there is no such thing as a perfect classroom. I don’t want to be like one of those people on that show House Hunters refusing to buy a house because of brass fixtures.
I knew that considering R. is in the middle of the spectrum and we chose a SI (Severely Impacted) delivery model that our choices would be limited. The reason we chose SI is because the MM (Mild Moderate) classes seemed too advanced, and we wanted a class that would give her more support.
These two classes have:
- Teachers with a background in ABA, who use ABA style teaching in the classroom
- TEACCH stations
- I got a real sense that the work given to the students was individualized.
- Mainstreaming and pull-outs were part of the daily schedule, and both teachers clearly knew how to implement this.
- Teacher and staff dealt with problem behaviors (meltdowns, escaping) in a respectful and calm way. Both classrooms were set up so that a child who needed extra space could have it without being removed from the classroom, and so that their behavior had less impact on the other students
When we first started touring classes, I thought that we would choose at least three, and possibly five schools. But now that I have seen what the choices are, I just don’t want to put down a school that doesn’t have a class with the qualities that I want.
It is a gamble, and I’m not sure what the odds are. I think we have a good chance, because both schools are near our home and one of the schools is where she is going to now. That is not supposed to matter, but I suspect it is humans not computers doing the special ed placement assignments, so maybe it will.
The placement letters are mailed in the middle of March. Of course I can’t wait to get the letter and know what the next steps are going to be. But it is also kind of nice to have a few weeks of limbo. There’s nothing I can do about kindergarten at this point.