Tuesday, December 9

Preschool Placement

It's hard to believe that Drew will soon be 2 1/2 years old! With that comes a whole new area of hearing loss to navigate: the transition from Early Intervention to Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We are very fortunate that we know Drew will be on an IEP, as his hearing loss is profound enough to automatically qualify him. We do, however, need to decide on an appropriate preschool placement for him.

I came across this Preschool Placement Checklist for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It seems like an excellent, objective way to evaluate all of you preschool placement options for your deaf or hard of hearing child.

We have scheduled three preschool tours in January, and look to make a decision on the placement we would like for Drew by our 180 day out meeting in March. I'm thankful that so many of our virtual friends will be going through this IEP process at the same time. I am hoping that we can all learn from each other!


leahlefler said...

We're a ways from preschool, but that is a great checklist! We live in a small community so we don't have a lot of choices, but looking for a school with carpet and small student:teacher ratios is really something to consider.

Christian's Mommy said...

I know, it is nice to be going through this with all of you. 2/09 marks our transition year. While we intend to stay at the private preschool for Christian's 2-3 year old year, we're not sure what will happen for his 3-4 year old year. The IEP process at his school now was pleasant. I heard with our county that it may be a different story!