Our FOUR Little Ducks (formerly Our Three Little Ducks :)~

I'm a mom to FOUR amazing kids, one of which was adopted from South Korea. Our family is wild and crazy, and REALLY LOUD but lots of fun. Oh, and my new favorite quote is: "HAVING KIDS IS LIKE BEING PECKED TO DEATH BY A DUCK." So so so true.

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I am currently a SAHM, but prior to leaving my job I was a labor and delivery nurse. I really miss work, but I enjoy being home with my kids (most of the time anyway!).

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Big News for Arie!

Well, today we had our "eligibility" meeting for Arie at the county's elementary school to see if he is eligible for their special ed pre-school. This will sound strange to some of you, but we were REALLY hoping he was eligible. We knew he would be close, but not sure if he would test low enough to qualify (but again, we knew that he wouldn't test well, so our fear was that he would just barely test out of it which would mean he wouldn't get the services he needs).

Anyway, he had to score low in 1 out of 5 areas to qualify and he scored low in 4 areas. So, next year he will go to school from 8am to 1pm and recieve special ed services, speech, OT, PT, and psych. It will be GREAT for him. Until then he will meet with the special ed teacher a couple hours a week. The goal is to have him caught up by Kindergarten so he can be mainstreamed into a "typical" class.

Ben went to this meeting and had a hard time hearing the results . I've been the one at most of the other evals/meetings/therapies because they are during the day, but this was a biggie. Basically there were 6 profesasionals around the table (the principal, speech therapist, psychologist, special ed teacher, and social worker). They had all evaluated him and had scores, and they took turns telling us what those scores showed. It was very hard to listen to... after all, NOBODY wants to hear that there child is delayed... but for Ben it was especially hard because he hadn't ever heard it from anyone other than me (relaying what others had said).


Anyway, I'm SO THRILLED that he will go next year! And his nunna (Elaine) is SO EXCITED that her baby brother will go to her elementary school.

It's been SUCH a long road, but I can see that light at the end of the tunnel now!!!

6 Comments:

Blogger Michele said...

Oh Ryan, I can so relate to you feelings. My little one (adopted from China and with many of the same issues as Arie) was in the same boat. She goes to a specialized program 5 days per week for 4 hours and it HAS BEEN THE BEST THING FOR HER!!!! She is now 3 and half and she is like a different child from even 6 months ago. Arie will love it and the changes you see will be huge.

Congratulations on your new baby!! He is gorgeous, as are all of your babies!! Glad you're posting again :-)

Michele, Mom to Emily (6-China) and Alyssa (3-China) HOLT

6:03 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Hi!

Really nice site!

We are a family with 2 homemade children and in the process of adopting our child numeber 3. I would love to get in contact with some families who are 'blended'.

Do you by chance know of good networks, web-sites for families with both homemade children and adopted children?

Beautiful pics!!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Wayne said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a terrific step for you and your family, and it also sounds like you have a good school board/school in your area!

10:35 AM  
Blogger hamba said...

visit you.....good mom..

1:28 AM  
Blogger qamar said...

nice blog simple and under stable

10:56 AM  
Blogger Paula Schuck said...

Aw. I stumbled onto this blog by accident almost through link referral. I love it. I am an adoptive parent of two little girls and I often blog about adoption and special needs. We fostered before we adopted our second child and I totally relate to the spec ed posts here. My little one tests too high for extra help, but she is a runner. So for safety sake she usually gets extra support. Not always though. It is an odd thing hoping they test poorly or have an off day. But I totally get it because every tiny little thing is a huge battle here. Nobody want to give support but they all want to claim they are inclusive schools etc.

Anyways pop by if you want or have time. These pregnancy pix are amazing!

Paula
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