Friday, March 6, 2009
Tooting My Kid's Horn...
Ok, I know what some of you are thinking...yes, I did attend teacher conferences this morning for my 2 year old. Yes, they totally were necessary, and yes, Christian is doing absolutely amazing. His teachers went on and on about how impressed they are with both his receptive and expressive language, and he is "wowing" them everyday. We heard about how he is blossoming socially, and how much of a joy he is in the classroom everyday. We'll get more details about his testing at our next IEP meeting, but we were told today that he is at and above age level of typically hearing peers. GO CHRISTIAN!
About 85 percent of the school's population is hearing, and the rest are kids with varying degrees of hearing loss. Chuck and I both feel it is imperative to Christian's language development and acquisition for him to be educated with hearing children. Christian's class consists of 7 hearing kids, and one other little boy with a CI. The classroom has 2 educators, including one full-time SLP (so we basically get 6 hours a week of speech therapy!!). The school has a full audiology suite and an audiologist on staff. The administrators are amazing, the teachers are so full of love and support for the children, and every single family there is committed to the academic success of their kids. I have no doubt in my mind that Christian's phenomenal progress post implantation has much to do with his time at his school. While it has been an enormous financial sacrifice, it has been more than worth it. Our game plan is to send him 5 days a week next year if the financial aid works out. At the very least, he'll attend 3 days a week.