This school year marks a very significant time for our family. It’s one of great excitement, pride and a little bit of fear. The day after Labor Day begins a new chapter for us.
Molly is going to preschool – a school for typically developing children. In other words, she’ll be the only one in the classroom with an extra chromosome… also known as Down syndrome. We’ve got her enrolled to go two days a week – so we’ll see how it goes!
Her first day of school will be the day after Labor Day… so we’ve got a few more weeks to prepare, the thought of her being away from home for a few hours two days a week is overwhelming!
I’m so excited that Molly will be in the classroom that Maggie was in last year – with Miss Mary. It’s thrilling to see that the school is so accepting and understanding of our desire for Molly to be included in every day situations. Inclusion is so important for children with special needs.
Last school year, we let Molly spent a few mornings at “big kid school” to see how she handled it … she had no issues at all. She interacted with the other kids and had a lot of fun. I’m excited for her to experience school just like other kids her age.
I’m so incredibly proud of her. She’s a determined, loving and wild little girl. It’s such a great accomplishment that she’s going to a “typical” school. I really think she’s going to adapt well with her classmates.
Molly’s speech is significantly delayed, so I am a little worried about her ability to communicate. She does some sign language and her teacher’s assistant is well-learned in it – so I’m hoping that will help.
And even though her speech is delayed, she has no problem understanding others when the talk to her. She follows directions (well, as much as any two-year old), but I’m still nervous.
I hope this is just the beginning for Molly and her journey into a typical school setting. One day at a time for our little one. I’ll keep you posted on this new adventure.
Do you have a child with special needs? What joys/fears do you have from the Back to School season?