I believe in this case "RTI" stands for "Response to Intervention", which is a program that attempts to identify where a child may have delays and the best ways to address them. So the special ed portion, assuming that is what RTI is in this case, would be the successive Fridays of evaluation and program development. In other words, they're trying to get a better handle on what he needs before he gets to prek.
It is also possible that Riley will be in a classroom that is integrated and has a speech therapist and a special ed teacher on staff. So even if it is a speech delay only, he would get the benefits of a structured prek setting under the guidance of both professionals, which is a win/win for him no matter what. This type of class would probably fall under the "special ed" label because there is a special ed component.
Another possibility is that Emily is referring to her district's department of Special Services, which may house sp ed, speech, OT, PT - all special services provided by the district under one roof.
Whatever the case, Emily, you should be commended for going forward with what is best for your child despite the negative input from others. It is hard to be so closely under the supervision of a parent and then pull away and establish your independence. I know people much older than you who have never even tried. You go, mama.
I know that in NY state a preschool child is called "preschool student with a disability" and that is it - not "learning disabled" or "developmenatlly delayed" or anything else...and then, when they go to Kindergarten, they have no label and are re-evaluated and it goes form there. So no child walks into Elementary school with a label. THeir record does not reflect anything at all and it is up to the parent to decide whether the new K teacher knows about previous services or not. I don't know what it is like in your state but it is worth a call to your district's dept of special services to find out, if it bothers you that much.
Your mom needs to step into the 21 century. Your child needs help and that is all that matters. It is your responsibility as his mother to see that he gets it.
And for the record, I am a special ed teacher and I work with students under 5 with developmental delays. Many of them no longer need intervention when they enter Kindergarten. That's why it is called "Early Intervention" - and it works.
Lurking...the allergist will probably do a skin test there in the office. They use plastic little pokers with a serum containing proteins from suspected allergens and give the skin a scrape - enough to push the proteins under the skin. THen you sit and wait (ours puts on a video if you want) about 15-20 minutes and then look for the reaction. If there is a reaction then there will be a red spot or a welt. They compare the size of the reaction against that of a histamine control poke that they administer with the others. Another option is a blood test, which some allergists do in tandem with the skin test just to make sure. If they suggest a blood test and you have to go to a lab to have it done then ask the allergist for names and places that are good at drawing for kids. Overall it is pretty painless -my DD has had it done a number of times starting at 10 months and it never seemed to bother her too much (except the actual reaction site, but her welts were huge and very itchy).
I think if you suspect allergy then definitely go with your instincts. Go straight to an allergist - pedis don't know what they need to about allergy IMHO.
PS - if you need support or further help there are some great mamas over at the "food allergy families" exchange :
I laughed when I saw your post about your age. I'll be 40 in July and my DH told me the other day that he would consider having more kids (he is 38)...I told him he'd have to carry the rest because I believe my body will fall right apart from another pregnancy. Pg itself has been pretty easy for me but the last one- the last three months of it - were just brutal! I can't imagine what another 9 months would do!
Butting in - It's really great that you are being so considerate about this. My sister is in exactly the same position as your SIL (she is also bipolar) except she went through the baby thing herself about 7 years ago - and never had one. So being around my kids is always really hard for her and she often cancels on family events because of her sense of loss. I would at least let your brother know that you don't expect them to be around this weekend if they don't want to be - and offer your condolences with a card or flowers like PP said. They will be grieving, more so than many who have a lot of chances to try again, and she obviously will be taking it very hard. (Without her helpful meds on top of it, it may be really dicey for her right now). I'd let them know you are around to talk but then keep your distance and let them cope in their own way. Again, good for you for being so sensitive to it.
My niece goes to a Spanish immersion preschool. She goes to the Peruvian or Mexican restaurants with my brother and has to order for him, it is too cute. Its a full day class and the whole thing is in another language - she does very well with it but I imagine it can be very tiring some days. I ask her how she likes school and she says "tooooo muuuuuch spanish!!" She certainly can make her way around with the language, though...
I would not send my DD to one, personally, but she is in speech therapy and we joke that she has enough trouble speaking English! I think it would just be too much for her right now. I do believe they are a great idea for kids though. The days of getting by with one language (in the US) have been over for some time IMHO.
Not rude at all. I had a friend from the city I used to live in ask if she could come and stay the weekend with her daughter- when Eli was 5 weeks old. I just said "the baby is 5 weeks old. Its too soon. Maybe some other time". I wanted to say a lot more but I didn't. (winky face). So no, heck, if I were you I'd just say no to the whole thing right now, but then I am feeling your pain too!
Yeah, it's a lot of work all that eating and pooping, right?! Eli is old enough now (an ancient 5 months old) that we can tell by the grunting what he is doing...its pretty funny. But now I need more naps than he does, it seems.
Which fork she uses is not designed to be a battle or even a sticking point. The point is, you give her control throughout the day over the little stuff and then she will fight you less often overall. If she is changing her mind like with the mommy/daddy thing then she is just getting off on manipulating you and you can't let that happen.View Thread