Thursday, April 9, 2009
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...
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.
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! :)
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.
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! :)