Met with school staff about Dominic

Whew, it’s been such a busy week. I met with the Assistant Principal and Dominic’s teacher on Monday to talk about the test results from the child psychologist and strategize on how to best help him be successful in kindergarten. We were prepared for it to be a 504 meeting if it was necessary. To be quite frank, I really didn’t know much about the 504 plan… IEPs are what I’m accustomed to.

It was a very amicable meeting. Dominic’s teacher had lots of positive things to say about him, especially in how much he’s improved in just the first few weeks. His behavior is actually pretty good and the teacher was surprised to hear how much he struggled at preschool and at home. She said that he definitely needs more attention and redirection, but overall follows the rules, is well-mannered, and respectful of her and his peers. He seems to have little control over his body, constantly moving, swinging his arms around, fidgeting, wallering in the floor during circle time, etc., so his peers are fearful that he is going to bump them or hit them. The teacher is going to make a large taped area on the carpet for him so that he has more room when sitting. She lets him get up as often as he needs to and allows him to stand during seated work. We’re going to implement the OT recommendations after he starts therapy (his evaluation is next Tuesday) at school and they are going to start him in a social skills group at school. They are also going to consult with the TAG (talented and gifted) team on how to help him not be bored during kindergarten; TAG doesn’t officially started until first grade.

Overall, I’m very pleased that they are so willing to help him, especially without a formal plan in place. We can always revisit the 504 in the future if these changes aren’t enough to make a difference.

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  • Kristen - I've been following your blog for a short time (directed here by Devin) and I'm finding myself looking forward to updates like this. As a school counselor, I enjoy learning how other school districts in other areas of our country work with children in need. The way that your son's school is dealing with his needs is refreshing. This is where our district and state (Florida) is going. We are in the process of implementing RtI (Response to Intervention) and what they are doing for you son is just that. Regardless of label or plan, students needs should be met and we should be doing everything we can within the classroom to meet those needs. I wish you continued luck with your children and look forward to reading more updates as they come along.ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Great! I hope it helps him. Sounds like he has a great teacher!ReplyCancel

  • keppler - "…constantly moving, swinging his arms around, fidgeting, wallering in the floor during circle time, etc…"

    This sound like me! I have recently been diagnosed with RLS (restless legs syndrome) and have it under control with Mirapax.ReplyCancel

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