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.

3 comments:

Lucas'Mommy said...

That is absolutely amazing! You have every right to toot his horn, and you should be SOOOOO proud! Is preschool for 2-year olds that common, or is it a special program? Again, congratulations on all of his successes!!!

Christian's Mommy said...

Thank you! The program Christian is in is through a private school, that does start it's programs at 18 months. Our county doesn't have programs for D/HOH kids until they are 3 (although there is a toddler group that we could've gone to, but it was done in Total Communication). It's an absolutely phenomenal place!

Connor's Mom said...

Congrats! Sounds like he's doing a great job-- you have every right to brag!

~Jess