My DD has ADHD and a speech delay. She has been in speech therapy for 2 1/2 years and will continue in the fall when she starts kindy. She has been on meds for her ADHD since Sept and it has made a huge difference in every way. She still struggles with her classwork - her 4 year old sister is ahead of her in many of the basics of knowing her letters and such (not comparing, just trying to give a full picture). She has made huge strides this year. We held her back a year and had her repeat her amazing PreK program. She has the most amazing teachers in the world who work really, really hard with her. She will always struggle. We know this and we know that getting her tutors and whatever extra help she needs is something that will happen. She was born with a brain injury and overall is totally fine and she developed normally and all of that but she processes things a little slower than her peers and we have always known that school will be a struggle.
She will start kindergarten in the fall. Right now she is enrolled in full day which will be 27 or 28 kids for 6.5 hours. She will get pulled for speech therapy and any other special help she needs will be determined in the fall. Her transisition IEP meeting (from the early childhood program to the elementary one) is on Thursday. Her current speech therapist, the head of the speech dept at the school who worked with my DD last summer and her current teacher along with me will be present. Her private speech therapist has been asked to submit any information she feels we need.
Her current teacher and the head of the speech group both feel that she would be better off in the half day kindergarten class (2.5 hours) and the program that the school calls KinderConnection for the other 4. The class size for the kindy part would be the same or a little smaller but someplace in the 25 student range. For the KinderConnection part there would be a lot less kids - this year the group has 12 kids, so more 1:1 time with the kids. The staff are do not have the same certification as the kindy teachers but they follow the same curriculm as the full day class. Most of her friends will be in the full day program. (30 kids in her PreK class and about 25 of them are staying at the same school).
I am so confused as I really want her in class with her friends as that will make the transistion easier for her and I know the kids in the full day class get more information and do more but I also know that the smaller class size and more 1:1 contact would be better for my DD.
So confused. What would you do? (I am assuming I can still make the switch in classes - need to verify that information but the speech therapist doens't think it would be an issue).