a blog about raising a daughter with cerebral palsy and learning unexpected lessons along the way

Friday, August 13, 2010

Good Bye EI, Hello Preschool

Today marks the official end to Early Intervention; our life of 2 1/2 years, because birthday number 3 is quickly closing in. We have been profoundly fortunate to have had all of Oia's therapies provided within our home (aside from hippo of course) since Oia's diagnosis at 7 months old. EI has kept us above water and provided crucial support during some of our most difficult times. Our schedule of 4 PT, OT, and ST sessions combined in a week is now over but we're onto a new and better chapter called PRESCHOOL.

I had an IEP meeting with Oia's school on Wednesday. The IEP team (Oia's teacher and all three of her new therapists) have been easy to work with and have made the transition into preschool a seamless one. The teacher that we met back in May while we observed the class during school hours is not the teacher there now. My first meeting of the new teacher was on Wednesday and my gut told me this teacher is going to be a good fit for us. I am comforted to know that not only does Oia's new teacher have many years of experience but she too has a daughter with special needs. To have someone understand the boat you're in makes all the difference in the world because to really know this life is to live it.

The safety concerns that I raised after my May observation of the classroom were addressed right away. I shared again through a voice that shook that I had to be absolutely certain that my daughter who lives in a wobbly, often unpredictable world would be as safe as she could possibly be while navigating around her classroom. I was informed that the room had been worked on and I was invited to take a look for myself once we concluded the meeting.

This time, the classroom was like a breath of fresh air. It was neater, brighter, more organized, and overall much safer. It looked like a classroom should look.

Oia will attend preschool on Mondays and Thursdays and will stay through lunch. Monday, the 16th will be her first day. She'll receive OT and PT in some form both days and ST will be provided as well. In addition to the services she'll receive at school, we will continue to see our current PT but sessions will now be held at the therapy center. Oia's PT is too good to let go and she will continue to do CME with Oia. Hippotherapy will resume after Labor Day.

So, Good Bye Early Intervention; thanks for being our life saver. Hello Preschool; take good care of our little girl.


  1. Oh my gosh, I'm so happy that Oia's teacher is going to be so well-suited! I think it's a huge deal that she is living a similar life with special needs. I hope Monday goes better than awesome. I'll be thinking about you!

  2. I'm glad that you feel better about the room, I did too. Landon will be there the same days but will be spend most of his day in the 4 year old class. I hope to see you in the mornings, I will be dropping him off in Oia's room to start off with. Her teacher seems to be VERY kind and caring. Can't wait to hear how things go. If you ever want to hang out give me a call.

  3. Preschool YAHOO! I'm excited FOR Oia.

  4. Good for you standing up for Miss Oia--she's lucky to have such a fabulous mama. I've been really happy with Preschool so far--I hope you guys are too.

  5. How exciting for Miss Oia!!! God knew your concerns and met them! Praise the Lord!