1- Both kids are going to need more support than the typical kindergartner.
2- School is there to prepare children for entrance into the real world.
3- Our priority is that Chase and Zeke will be included with the rest of their peers from day one of school.
4- The law says that we need to exhaust every support available before changing the classroom setting to a more restrictive environment. That is all we asked for for the boys.
I don't presume to be an expert on all things educational. I don't know if we are making the right decision by placing them in a regular education setting with an EC assistant.
I do know that there is extensive research about the benefits of inclusion (when provided with appropriate supports), and that I can't settle on anything else until we've tried this path. I also know it might not look like the path that someone else chooses for their child, and that's ok. We're all trying to navigate through this special-needs parenting thing the best way that we can.
I hate that there is no perfect solution, and that (like it or not) funding is limited in the school system.
I wish there was more time for teacher training, more money for programs and lower class sizes. But it is what it is.
This year should be interesting. I'm planning on some serious communication with their teacher to make sure everyone has the best chance possible for success. I'll keep you updated :)