Thursday, October 6, 2011

Transitional Meeting

The word overwhelmed has become a frequent word in my vocabulary these last two weeks.  With therapy appointments, doctor appointments, procedures and lice (yes, I said LICE!  Hailey got lice from someone at school and it definitely threw me for a loop).  Oh, and don't let me forget work, regular "mom" duties as well as a horse who I have barely been able to ride let alone groom (thanks mom for taking such good care of him through all this craziness).  But I made it, with only one almost breakdown.  Having Dylan's Deflux procedure and his transitional meeting this week added a little too much stress and worry.  I try my hardest to not worry and just let things go, but it can be difficult.

Now that Dylan is 2 1/2 we are starting the process of his transition from the early start program to the school age program.  School age!?!?!  How can they say that a three year old is school age, let alone a three year old that is like a one year old?!  It's pretty crazy but this is the way it is done.  We talked about where Dylan is developmentally and they gave me some information on special needs preschools.  I was told that most likely the school district will recommend that Dylan attends preschool 5 days a week for 3-4 hours a day.  I didn't even send Hailey to preschool 5 days a week at that age.  The positives are that he will receive daily PT/OT and speech therapy, however, I still cannot even fathom sending him somewhere 5 days a week.  Bottom line is that it is ultimately our decision and we can choose to send him where ever we feel is best and as often as we like.  We have an awful lot to think about.  Once again, can I say overwhelmed!  The next step will be the IEP (individualized education plan) meeting that will take place in the next few months. 

Even through all the madness of the last few weeks I still look at my littles and feel so much love.  They are AMAZING and I don't know what I would do without them.


  1. Love the pictures, you're kids are all gorgeous! And getting so big. We are at the same point as you with transition. I cannot fathom sending Riley to school 5 days a week at 3 years old. She is staying home for another year and when she turns 4, we may send her a couple days a week. I know the overwhelmed feeling, it is so much to think about.

  2. Kristy::
    I know that you are overwhelmed and the thought of sending him to school 5 days a week is more than what you can imagine. If you were to ask my opinion it would be to do it. The sooner he gets these services the better. Arm yourself with knowledge. Find out what schools there are, go visit them, talk to the teachers. If you don't like the school or the services, know exactly what you want for him. You will have to be his advocate. I am here if you need me. Call Wendy with any questions. Again it is a long road, but you aren't alone and the sooner the journey begins, the sooner you will see some progress.
    Love you guys,

  3. We just went through all this. It's overwhelming, that's true! We had her meeting and she will go to school full time. This is so foreign to me. My son who is 5 1/2 just went to school for the first time this year... and now I should be sending out my 3 year old??

    She will have to go 5 days a week and will have long days: 8:45 - 2:15. I admit, I had the choice of keeping her home for a year, but she'd lose all services. And besides, with both her brothers in school all day, she'd have no playmates. We'll see how it works out!

  4. Gorgeous photos!!! I love the one of all 3 kids swinging!

    I am in IEP meeting all the time for my students. It is going to be so very different to sit on the other side of the table. I can be honest and say I am not looking forward to it. Overwhelmed would be an understatement. Thinking of you and your family with all the decisions you have to make.


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