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day two and all is quiet

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I really thought this whole thing was going to be a battle...

Okay...not technically.
More metaphorically....because life with Maddie is definitely NEVER quiet.
Day two of school and not a peep about Maddie from the teacher. I stopped to talk to her this morning when I dropped Maddie off and she went on and on about how well yesterday went. But I didn't hear anything after school today...which I guess means everything went just fine.
I'm actually a bit impressed.
The county is doing what they're supposed to be doing (color me surprised). They have the speech pathologist meeting with Maddie five days a week (which is more than she had in preschool). The teacher for the deaf will be starting next Tuesday. The audiologist from the Kansas City school of the deaf is making her first monthly visit next week to set up the FM system...and the district's special ed teacher is already working one-on-one with Maddie.
Whew! Maddie has a whole crew there to help her and I am IMPRESSED. I really thought this whole thing was going to be a battle...and it may still prove to be one, but for now I'm feeling pretty good about where Maddie is.

Sure, its not the same as she would have had in Wyoming...but honestly I doubt she would get that anywhere. The simple fact that she has any of this at all is a miracle. The state of Kansas is opening a casino for heaven's sake that the government will be running in order to bring in more money...that's how desperate they are. They're not even beginning to THINK about adding anything to the schools right now.
I also found out that the school district in the big city across the river (still haven't come up with a good name for it) has cut their deaf and hard of hearing program completely...so the kids over there have NO services at all! Like they can suddenly hear perfectly! UGH! These people are insane.
So the fact that Maddie has anything from her IEP is a miracle. I'm counting us pretty blessed.
Anyway...day two down and I didn't hear anything from Mrs. B so I'm going with the motto - 'No news is good news'. ;)
Let's see what day three brings.

11 salty messages:

Tina in CT September 3, 2009 at 6:05 AM  

You must be so relieved and happy with the help that the school is giving Maddie and I'm very happy for you.

Deplorable about the city across the river.

I was surprised that you drive the kids to school. Is there a bus system in your town?

Tami September 3, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

Not for in-town kids. Our town is pretty small, so just the kids from outside the city limits get bussed in. My kids COULD walk to school, but I prefer taking them myself...besides, I don't think I would want Maddie walking there...even with the other kids. She still has a hard time recognizing traffic noise...so the other kids would have to be incredibly watchful for her.

Courtney September 3, 2009 at 7:56 AM  

Oh my goodness! I can't believe they've cut services! Are they just expecting the students to all go to the state school for the deaf?!? I would think that would drain even more state resources as those are usually residential programs. Silly legislators.

Dianne September 3, 2009 at 8:32 AM  

I'm so glad to hear that Maddie is getting the help that she needs from your school system!! I know several parents who struggle with teaching difficulties.

Hannah September 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM  

so...no pockets full of food? ;-)

MamaPoRuski September 3, 2009 at 1:31 PM  

Congratulations. Celebrate each success and victory! Of course, if I did that with chocolate I'd look like Mt. Rainier...
Glad things are going well for you!

Anonymous,  September 3, 2009 at 3:15 PM  

SO great that the school is doing so much for Maddie! Hope the year continues to be great!

Nichole, Mia's Mommy September 3, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

WOW here in the Witchy City, the VI program is AWESOME and on the news tonight they were even saying they are planing on building 4 new buildings because of overcrowding, 2 high schools and 2 k-8 schools. That is CRAZY that in the same state we have such different experiences with the school district. I refuse to move anywhere else because the VI program is so good here. Not even to one of the little "small town" suburbs... glad Maddie is getting the help she needs and is entitled too :)

Old DAN AND Little ANN September 4, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

I'm glad all is going well for Maddie and that school is off to a good start. It is impressive what cooperation all those services are showing. Maybe their 'first of a new school year' vigor is playing to your advantage?! :)

Tina in CT September 4, 2009 at 8:29 AM  

Thanks for the explanation. With walking and not hearing the traffic noises as we do, it would be too much of a responsibility for your older kids.

Enjoy the long weekend.

SLColman September 6, 2009 at 1:23 AM  

Awesome news about Maddie!!! I am so glad that things seem to be going well so far on the school front!

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