I found this school to be a struggle, to say the least, due to the fact that it was virtual and my son did not have a real-life experience. Because Zach is nonvocal, I never put him in a real daycare setting for fear that he won't be able to tell if someone hurts him.
When my son turned 3 I said I would put him in daycare, but of course that changed once I discovered he was nonverbal. Parents, you see I use the term"non-vocal" thur out my blog post. Traditional in Autistic community we hear the term non-verbal vs non-vocal- this will be another blog post.
My son is used to spending time with me at home, so I struggle with him being away from me for so long. His first year in school was exciting and nerve-wracking. He is non-verbal and has a first year special needs teacher. In preparation for his Kindergarden year, Zach did half a day in school instead of a full day to assist in his transition.
However, she seems like a nice person who is ready to tutor my child. It would have been nice if he had gotten someone with more experience, particularly with an infant who is non-speaking.
I gave her about Zachariah Resume so she can know her scholar , and have my contact information for she can always reach me. Refer to this blog post
This post is old created in 2021 Zach's last of his Pre-k year. I just never posted.
In summary, his first year in school was a struggle with a teacher who, in my opinion, wasn't qualified to teach special needs. My son came home with missing shoes , poop up his back, and I didn't like how she handled the IEP process. The teacher told me she was offended when I said I was not attending a meeting without a draft because it is a parent's right to have the draft five days in advance of the meeting. She sent it 2 days before. Additionally, she didn't provide me with my minutes as requested during our meeting, and she did the worst IEP; I had to amend it when he started kindergarten in 2022. Not only was my child placed in a general education setting, but her goals were generalized, and she didn't listen and try to make his IEP what he needed.
Despite my dissatisfaction with his Pre-K teacher, I know Zach still had a good experience for his first real year in school. Nevertheless, I was still an active parent who bought snacks for the students as needed or requested. My experience taught me to advocate for my child, which I already knew, but I saw first-hand what happens when you deal with a teacher who doesn't know much. as needed or requested. It was an expeience for me and i learned you must advocate for your child , which I already knew this but I saw first hand when you deal with an educator who don't much it will be a different expeirince.