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PostPosted: August 08 2010, 2:37 PM    Post subject:
Drake starting Kindergarten
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Hello, everybody, long time no see Smile - I have questions.

Drake is starting Kindergarten tomorrow and I want to go in fully aware of his rights. Can anyone tell me if I can demand that he have his own para or aid? He really needs it but this school is acting like, because of budget cuts, he may not have one.

Any and all feedback appreciated!

Kelley Smile

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PostPosted: August 08 2010, 5:20 PM    Post subject:
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Can't help as I live in the wrong country - but wanted to say 'Great to see you on here again!' And, I think it's time you posted us a new photo of your gorgeous little man! Hope school goes well tomorrow, x

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PostPosted: August 08 2010, 7:16 PM    Post subject:
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I am in the wrong country too and here we have to have all of that in place and funded before they start. BUT, if they need help the school has to provide it. If I were you I would be providing whatever evidence you have that proves he needs support (like therapist reports) and asking for assistance for him.

I am holding Talitha back from school an extra year because they said she wouldn't get a full-time aide and she just isn't ready for school yet. She will start when she is 6.

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PostPosted: August 08 2010, 9:01 PM    Post subject:
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Hi. We just went through this here in California. I am in Southern California and I know the outcomes to these type of things vary greatly from state to state and even district to district. Due to the budget cuts the "need" for a para-educator is being strictly monitored - your best bet (as far as our experience goes) is to get a "Psycho Educational Assessment" done by the district psychologist. In this assessment it is necessary for the psychologist to specifically state that it is in your child's best interest to have a para-educator. This used to be a slam dunk to get one but now-a-days that isn't even a guarantee...but it is uber necessary to get the ball rolling.

Hope this is helpful. Step one is to request IN WRITING at the district level that you want to have a 'Psycho Educational Evaluation"...then just be honest with the evaluator and tell them that you are looking to have in writing the need for a para-educator.

Good luck!! ~Lauri

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PostPosted: August 09 2010, 2:55 AM    Post subject:
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Just wanted to wish you all that is good for tomorrow.......hope it's a good one!

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PostPosted: August 09 2010, 10:02 AM    Post subject:
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Hope they surprised you with an assistant. Nate doesn't get one but their will be one aide for 4 classrooms (off the records per the Exceptional Education assistant) who just may end up keeping a closer eye on him for the first few weeks till he transistions and gets the routine.

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PostPosted: August 10 2010, 1:37 PM    Post subject:
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We went through this last year. Abby was not given an aide at first, but a notebook was impletemented from the resource teacher. With her running, impulsivness and inability to focus for long times, the notebook acted as our log. It was so hard to read emotionally, but in the end, we got a full time aide.

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Thank u all very much! I'll work on that pic, Helen. In the meantime, this was today's report:
She said: " he's doing excellent, he fits right in, but we really need to work on potty training because I don't have anyone who can change him." --- i'm a bit miffed as just this morning she told me an aid was coming every hour to take him to potty?? Grrrr

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