Friday, March 20, 2009

School Visits

We visited two schools yesterday. One school has beautiful amenities, handicapped accessible everything including THREE playgrounds, a fully equipped therapy room with sensory swings, mats, climbing stairs, etc, and a great special needs class. It also has no SEE-- the aid Connor would possibly be assigned knows ASL, which might as well be Greek to him. The other school has a non-handicapped accessible playground, a gymnasium for a therapy room with all of the stuff piled behind a couple of tables, outdoor walkways between buildings (which means Connor will be out in the rain a lot) and a great class where everyone except the peer mentor (who has a deaf sibling), including the teacher, is Deaf or HoH and SEE or PSE is used for all teaching. Everyone in the class (except for Connor, if he goes there) is otherwise a typical kid without special needs.

So we have a hard decision to make. Do with go with the school with great facilities and a classroom with curriculum more suited to Connor's current development but no SEE? Or do we go with the school with poor facilities but typical peers and Connor's form of communication?


~Jess






3 comments:

Julia O'C said...

I know this sounds cheesy, but it's so true: listen to your heart. There's something in you that's leaning more toward one school over another. Go with that.

Julia said...

Geez, what a hard decision. Can you meet with the ASL aide to see how well she can adjust to SEE? My understanding is that ASL users are pretty good at least with understanding SEE -- I don't know how good at expressing it.

I think the advice in Julia O'C's comment is great. Internally, are you leaning in one direction?

Connor's Mom said...

Thanks, you two! I'm not sure at this point. I really think it's all going to depend on whether or not we could get an aid/interpreter for the special needs school who knows SEE. I mean, all of the cool facilities in the world aren't going to help him if he can't understand what anyone is saying. Hopefully on Thursday we'll get some good news and be able to place him in the special needs classroom with the proper communication.

If it doesn't go that way, I have no idea what we're going to do.

~Jess

 
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