My 5 yo has been in a language based pre-k program since he turned 3. When he entered the program he had a dx of severe Apraxia of Speech. Non-verbal at 3 with some fine motor and sensory issues. He has made huge gains - speaks in sentences, huge vocabulary, better focus. He's had several evaluations over the past few weeks to collect data for our transition meeting next week. One of the reccomended placements is a non-inclusion classroom for children with this dx. The dx is in question now because Trev's progress is not typical of children with this disorder, but the school specialists are still reccomending this program. I do not want him to attend. The school is a thirty minute bus ride from our home each way, it is in a very bad section of the city, is the lowest performing school in our district, and has no play space. It is also a "pod" school and is entirely concrete. I want him to attend the highly rated school right up the street from our home with support. The other issue is that he would be facing another transition to our neighborhood school in 2 years because the program only goes up to first grade. he has already transitioned once.
So, what would you do? Place him in the program?
Anyone know how speech delays effect a child's ability to read?
Am I off base for my reasons against placement in this program?