Three weeks into the school year and we're struggling. I knew this would be a tough transition because she'd been in that great inclusion program for three years and now she's in a center based class with 11 other kids with special needs. Transition, change, adjustment. Ugh. The biggest difference between these two programs (besides the obv one: typically developing kids vs ummmm, not), is basically free flowing play vs. s-t-r-u-c-t-u-r-e. Like, sitting-at-a-desk kind of structure. Hahahaha, my bird, sitting at a desk. She's in a mildly cognitively impaired classroom, which seemed like the least restrictive environment at the time. 12 kids, 1 teacher, 1 full time para, 1 part time para. It's a great program for a kid with a mild cognitive impairment minus behavioral and/or social issues.
Little Bird has been having a tough time adjusting to having to follow directions- not that she doesn't understand them, but that she doesn't want to do what she's being told to do. ed. note: I have no idea where she gets this from. She's also been peeing in her pants a lot there. To the point where the teacher asked me if she's actually potty trained. Oy. Thus far, it's been rare that she comes home wearing the same thing she went to school in. She tends to pee a lot when she's going through some kind of big growth spurt or one of her little regression periods that precede a huge leap in progress (praying it's the leap thing!). I think it's getting better in terms of the bathroom "issues" but the behavior thing is tough. The team she's working with at school (teachers, paraprofessionals, etc) have experience with Mild C.I. but not with the behaviors and social stuff that comes along with ASD.
So, this might not be the best fit for her and that's that. We'd never know without trying and giving it a shot. This is obviously an ongoing story. Stay tuned.