In other news I thought the Transitional Meeting went superbly. Massive boon of good news that they WILL bus her over to her fabulously inclusive day care - we'd previously been told they wouldn't bus outside city limits and the day care was set a tantalizingly half mile too far over the line. The logistics of what the heck we were going to do with our kid were nigh unsolvable. Yes, I exaggerate - The easiest answer would have been to find a new day care within city limits but I hear HORROR stories. It took us two tries before we found a pre-K class that our son was happy in. I mean my girl isn't even talking yet...when she sulks at drop off is it standard separation anxiety or because they are... (can't even go there). Also, because the inclusive place is local, the other places aren't going to have ANY experience with special needs kids, because everyone goes to the first place. Why wouldn't you?
Our day care is an early intervention provider and we could have received some therapies there if we opted out of the school's pre-K program - to keep her being shuffled around, keep her out of Random Possibly Criminal Daycare (turns out I do have a dramatic flair), and/or avoid the not-small problem of getting her from place A to place B, since both Matt & I work >30 miles away. But after 3 I wasn't sure if we'd have to pay extra (since it's no longer EI and then just becomes private) and, more concerning, I heard their therapies are done in a group setting. Small groups and I'm sure they're fine, but it strikes me that we'd get more bang for our buck
Anyway, lots to think about and some follow up calls to make but all in all, not so much IEP THE HORROR BATTLE TO THE DEATH, that I would have otherwise gleaned from the internet. Because the internet, it must be reliable.
[post-spell check: Did you know blogger thinks internet should be capitalized? Really?]
And yes, I know this was only a preliminary meeting and we haven't even seen her IEP yet. In a surprise bit of news, Down Syndrome is NOT an automatic qualifier in our lovely state so they want to test her. Which is fine. I'm not blind as to what she can and can't do.
Am getting cold & shivery again. Back to bed!