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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Do you all remember few months ago I told you the school district was bringing in the specialist? The one who told me since Maddie didn't have a hearing aid until she was almost four, it was too late for her. It would permanently affect her IQ. There was nothing we could do.

Needless to say I decided right then and there that I couldn't stand her wasn't her biggest fan. Later she did redeem herself a bit by saying a lot of that impact depended on the child. If the child was outgoing - the impact was less severe.
Maddie is the definition of outgoing...but still, this woman doesn't know Maddie. I was furious at her for making such a blanket statement about a kid she hasn't even met.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago...the district brought the specialist in to look over the developmental preschool to see how they could better help Maddie.
They got her report this week.
I got my copy today.
And you know what? She actually had some good insights into what the district is doing and how they can help my little girl. Here are just a few points...

Observations:

Maddie was very talkative and interactive - ya think?
Maddie responded immediately when the computer time beeped to indicate it was her turn to use the computer (beyond a six foot distance).

When the teacher called her name Maddie had to visually search to see who was calling her. (localization issues) - yep.

Maddie consistently dropped final consonants in cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words.
She was easily stimulable for the correct production of final consonants at word level with simple auditory model.
Some vowel distortion was noted.
Maddie was very assertive and self-directed during the observation - that's my girl! :)
The staff provided appropriate 'behavior' support to Maddie - which means Maddie got in trouble and they had to correct her!

Maddie recognized her name written on my notepad - I have one smart cookie! :)

Suggestions:

Control/reduce background noise during teacher directed activities.
Provide ongoing support for articulation... "You said 'no' but I know you meant 'nose'." or..."It is a 'no' or a 'nose'?"
Restate/rephrase peer comments during large and small group activities.

The BEST part is...they're going to do a staff training. They're going to get everyone together and go over more specific ways they can help Maddie.
Isn't that awesome?!
And I'm invited.
Okay...so maybe this lady isn't so bad after all.
I'm anxious to go to this meeting and see what I can get out of it...and see what the woman has learned about my Maddie! :)

BTW - Tomorrow is a very important milestone in Maddie's life. Please come by tomorrow morning with kleenex in hand. We'll take a quick trip down memory lane...its one you won't want to miss! :)


9 salty messages:

Debbie April 9, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

Woohoo! It's great that they are willing to help Maddie out!

SLColman April 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

OMGosh this is awesome news!! I am so happy for you both! :)

DhoyM April 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM  

I'm glad Maddie found the best MOM ever. TC :)

Bethany April 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM  

See, we scientists aren't all bad, we just tend to make broad generalizations first, and then examine the facts of the particular case. :D I'm so glad she's getting the help she needs, and that the teachers will all be on the same page!

Tina in CT April 9, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

Fantastic news!

Love the picture of Maddie with the - beautiful little girl with breathtaking background scenery.

Annie April 10, 2009 at 1:47 AM  

I was wondering when we'd get the expert's report! I'm glad she is open minded about Maddie - Maddie will probably be a blessed learning experience for her and vice versa! And what a great school district to get her in!!! Wow!

Ray April 10, 2009 at 2:15 AM  

That's great news! I hope it keeps on coming!

Drew, Michelle, Luke and Tetyana April 10, 2009 at 6:54 AM  

And maybe this is why you have landed in "Grab-your-lasso"....great news...

mrsbroccoliguy April 14, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

I am just amazed at the support Maddie's school is giving - the above and beyond effort they are making to be sure she achieves and reaches her potential. Man do I wish all schools were like hers!

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