New School Year Approaching

Laurie Childree By Laurie Childree, 30th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Getting ready for the school year is presenting new challenges. Preparing for this year is causing financial strain the we hope to push past. Ending the year on a positive note is the goal at this point.

Head Start is a New Game Entirely

At the end of the last school year I put in an application for the Head Start Program. A year and a half at the City Schools Disabled Preschool and the teachers informed me that she already knew all the preschool curriculum. The Head Start program is a five day a week program that lasts from 7:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. instead of the four half days the preschool would have gone to this year. There are a couple of problems however. The first problem is that I have to finish potty training Theresa since her special needs have made it difficult and they require them to be potty trained. This next week is a crash course in regaining progress that we seem to have lost during the summer.

Therapys I'm still not sure if I will have to redo the IEP we made for her last year since it had social goals. I know that I need to make sure she still gets therapy. The city schools here do not currently let children out for therapy so we may face some difficulty when it comes to private therapy sessions. The after 3p.m. spots are reserved for those children in higher grades. This summer I let the schedule that we had get rearranged to the point that I'm afraid we're going to lose all of our private sessions at least for a little while. The school system will give limited Occupational and Speech therapy while if I choose to continue Applied Behavioural Analysis we'll have to continue going to the clinic for private sessions.

Expenses Uniforms have to be purchased because she can not get by with the t-shirts that she wore to preschool. She needs a new pair of shoes since they are required to keep them fastened and hers have been washed one too many times for that. There will not be the luxury of the school bus this year which means that I have to take her and pick her up each day.

No School Bus

The school bus was the portion of the school day my little girl seemed to look forward to the most. I have no idea how she is going to react to not being able to ride it this year. She loved the school bus so much that she cried the first time she had to get off of it to come home. I'm afraid that it will be too much change for her to have me drive her each day.

Work I'll still have more time to work while the baby is at school provided she goes to the Head Start but I'm not sure how much money I'll have to make to cover gasoline expenses. I'm not looking forward to having to come up with enough gas to cover taking her to school and decided to work toward moving into town. A move into town will mean a smaller yard to care for, shorter trips to stores and most importantly less repairs to take care of.

Options

The alternative is to keep my daughter home until she starts kindergarten and continue therapy as currently scheduled. She already knows the preschool stuff and unless she completes potty training she can't go to Head Start. I'm tired of the daily therapy sessions because I'm pushed to exhaustion each week. I would love to cut down on her weekly sessions but that might not be such a good idea since I would eventually like to discontinue all therapy except for the Occupational therapy that teaches her life skills.

The problem is that the private speech therapist is her favorite. I'm not particularly fond of the methods used in ABA so I wouldn't mind if that was dropped. There are actually times that I regret starting it when I notice that there aren't alternative reactions given for behaviors that appear for different reasons.

Meanwhile

I will continue to push potty training so that she has a chance to go to the Head Start. I'm not sure if I should home school her at this point or not. I do believe that if I keep her home she'll be more likely to know what she is and isn't allowed to do at home. When she learns something outside of home she doesn't understand that she's not allowed to do it in the house.

Although in the last year and a half there have been very few incidents of therapists teaching her things that she isn't allowed to do. So I'll continue as we are and focus on vacation this week until I have no choice but to make a decision.

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Finances, School Uniforms, Therapy, Transportation

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author avatar Laurie Childree
I'm the single mother of an autistic child a published author. I have a wide range of topics that interest me including personal finance, writing, self employment and creative writing.

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author avatar Robb714
31st Jul 2011 (#)

You got to keep the therapies going by all means. Head start will be great for her. I know the bus thing is a BIG deal, sometimes the bus gets smaller and changes color, they are not all yellow. Sometimes you have blue ones and white ones. Aaron has come so far in ten, almost eleven, I can't believe it (tears). Check my page in a couple of days and read, "My Novel Writing Formula". If it makes you laugh half as hard as it did me, it will be good therapy for you. Hang in there and thanks for your efforts (work). :-)

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author avatar Denise O
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Laurie, I am so sorry you have all this on your shoulders. Most people have no idea what most folks go through with special needs kids. I think you have done a outstanding job this far. I faith that you will come up with what is right for the both of y'all. You are in my prayers. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Laurie Childree
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise, I came up with a solution. I'll be writing about it shortly. :-)

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author avatar Laurie Childree
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise, I came up with a solution. I'll be writing about it shortly. :-)

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author avatar Laurie Childree
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise, I came up with a solution. I'll be writing about it shortly. :-)

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