Hi ladies! I'm not totally new here as I lurked quite a bit when my son was a toddler then took a break from the boards.
Our story: DS is 4 1/2 and was in EI starting at 10mths for mainly hypotonia gross motor delays. He eventually transitioned to an integrated special needs preschool. He is currently in his 2nd yr there.
His issues have always been mainly physical with some attention issues now presenting as he grows. He was late on almost every physical milestone: rolling, crawling,walking but with pt/ot met each one. His speech has always age appropriate with no delays and socially he is appropriate and we have no concerns there.
We've seen a few specialists but mainly neuro. We have no dx. Our neuro believes we will probably not ever get a firm dx, that there is most likely some sort of "glitch" in his brain that is causing his phyiscal delays. He continues to improve with therapy.We have come to terms with the fact that while we may never know the "why" we can adapt to help him succeed.
Fast forward to now...we just had an IEP meeting. His teacher says he is on track cognitively. He is bright,funny,eager to participate and hitting all the pre k academic goals. Gross motor is delayed but much improved. His big issue is fine motor, he is "significantly delayed". They do not think he will close the gap enough before K. He is "not even close" per his OT. He still has attention issues but these are slowly improving from last year.
Now finally my question! The school does not think he will get an IEP b/c he has no formal dx. Right now he is developmental delay only. The school will be testing him in Dec to see if they can come up with something. His OT thinks he absolutely needs support but thinks he will probably end up with a 504. She thinks he most likely has dyspraxia. His head teacher agrees but both stressed they are not doctors and this is just an opinion. We also think this may be his issue. Without making this post any longer it's like his mind knows exactly what to do but his body doesn't follow through. Almost like the signal gets lost from his brain to his muscles. This is most clear when he trys to write. He gets so mad at himself and says things like "that's not where I wanted my line to go!" Hard to hear as his mom :
Who can dx dyspraxia? We want our own eval to bring to the table in the spring when he transitions to K.
What is the difference between an IEP and a 504?
Thanks so much for anyone who made it through this and can answer my questions! I truly appreciate it.