Last week was the first of many IEP meetings we will have for Claire in the years to come. While not really excited about it, I wasn't dreading it either. Our district preschool is inclusive, and the teacher Claire was placed with had a student with Down syndrome in her class for the last two years. While every child is different, it's so nice that J (Claire's teacher) is at least familiar with Ds.
Since many of the providers haven't met Claire, I prepared a packet with some additional info on her, how she communicates, and her likes and dislikes. It also included some general info on Down syndrome and some communication strategies. The packet I used also included a spot for a photo, which I love as it helps remind everyone that all of this is for *Claire*.
Claire's services in school will be 30 minutes a week each of ST, OT and sign language support.
After the IEP meeting we walked through Claire's classroom to make sure that all places in it were accessible to her, and picked out her cubby. There is a little person in Claire's class so we were easily able to find a chair and coat hook that will fit her!
Today we finish her behavior support plan, next week is her home visit with her teachers, and the week after that she starts school!