We had a meeting with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) on Wednesday afternoon and we went over all of Daniel's developmental delays and came to agree that he gets to go to preschool. He was scheduled to start on Wednesday because he turns 3 on Monday. But then the disappointment came when I tried to set up an appointment with the ped to get his medical papers so he could go. They can't fit him in until the 25th. I cried. I was so disappointed in myself for not thinking ahead for this.
So I called our liaison at ECI and she changed our dates for starting, but made an appointment for us to "visit" the classroom that will be his on Wednesday. So now, he and I will go to the classroom and he will hopefully play with his classmates and I can meet his teacher, etc. Then the following week he will have a home visit, and then he will start school on the 30th.
He gets to go every Monday and Wednesday for 3 hours until summer break. Then if they feel he would benefit from assistance over the summer, then he will be referred for speech therapy at a speech pathologist's office. He will go to preschool until he is 5 and then they will transition him to a standard kindergarten classroom.
They are starting him off in what the call a 5-15 class. 5 students will have plans like him and 15 will not. This means he will be in a class of 20 students. That concerns me because he does not do well with large groups. They did say, however, that they wanted to start him off in a smaller group, but one was not available. If they find he does not do well in the 5-15, they will move him to a more appropriate classroom.
So there's my "little" update.