Gus is starting kindergarten next year and we just had his IEP meeting. His preschool teachers and his pediatrician recommended that he have an aide for recess, PE, and any fieldtrips. The district said no, but we're not signing the IEP.
Did any of your sons have aide's in Kindergarten? If not, how did they do? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
Jake won't be having an aide for KG this Fall. He's been in the special needs preschool program at the local high school for nearly 2 years (since 3), rides the bus from there to his daycare, etc. and functions fine w/o an aide. I too am worried about the playground come first grade (next year) when he's out with the big kids because it looked crazy and he'd definitely get knocked down (the KG kids have their own littler playground). But for now, the schools thought waiting on the aide till he really needed it might be better. Jake hates not being "like all the other kids" so we agreed. And KG only lasts 2.5 hours anyway. Our IEP process has been pretty thorough and everyone was very helpful. We even had a transition meeting between the preschool and the elementary school a couple weeks ago. My understanding is that if you really want the aide and push hard, the school generally relents.
This was a very interesting discussion! Colin will start K in the fall as well. I am a little worried, but I have not asked for an aide. He was doing fine on his own in preschool, and I just plan to talk to the teachers and other school personnel about what to watch for. His PT and OT have both said they will work with teachers, including visits to the classroom to be sure he is getting what he needs. I don't really want him to be singled out from the other kids in any way at this point so that he is able to make friends a little easier.
But if you want an aide, the district should come up with some sort of plan. Our OT and PT wrote Colin's IEP, and I trust them. Is there someone there that you trust that can help you out/