Ok, y’all know we just moved.
Moving brings its own particular joys. Did you hear the sarcasm in my voice?
It also brings a new school.
Was our last school perfect? No. But…Faith’s needs were supported, she was in an environment that allowed her to feel comfortable. She was in a very small self-contained class. The class was all working at the same level, they all had extra needs. No one child was singled out for any issue.
Was it the least restrictive environment?
For Faith, yes. By allowing her to be in a class with only 9 children, it allowed her FREEDOM. She was free to learn at the same pace! She was free to use the bathroom with help. She was free to be with her peers. Kids who were learning at the same level as she was. Kids who also needed sensory breaks. Kids who also needed their coats zipped.
No one was singled out. No one was different.
She was with her peers and that allowed her the freedom to learn.
Was it perfect…once again, no. But it worked beautifully for Faith. She bloomed.
Now we are here.
And I am watching my girl wilt.
I know that every state has its own process and interpretation of least restrictive environment.
But in the end, shouldn’t it be the environment which allows each individual child to grow and learn to their fullest potential?
The staff and administration at Faith new school? They are fantastic. It shows in every communication I have had with them….they truely care about kids. They care about Faith. I don’t think I could ask for a nicer group of people.
But what is in place for Faith right now is not working.
I’m not used to having to fight for services for Faith. It even feels awkward writing that down. Especially when I know I am dealing with a group of people who do care about Faith.
If Faith is to have the best shot at reaching her full potential, something must change.
I noticed in a previous blog that you moved to PA. I’m also in PA and have a son with special needs. My husband is a teacher and is well versed in PA law and IEP requirements. If I can help in any way at all – even that critical, essential need to vent! – please, feel free to contact me. I live north of Philadelphia.
I hope you find the perfect “garden” for Faith so she can flourish again.
Love – Sandy