February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Extended school year! I guess this vacation made me think about summer vacation and extended school year programs.

Another catch 22 is the special education system. Programs designed for your child to NOT make progress but rather hold them stable. The purpose is only to prevent regression.

As parents of kids with needs if we are offered these programs we know to take them because if we “give them up” they will generally no longer be offered. Sad but true!

Here’s the catch most often our kids are offered half of their service delivery time during 4 to 6 weeks during the summer. What we forget is the 4 to 6 weeks after the program ends that kids still have to “regress” before school starts back up.

What I struggle with is why send my daughter to a program designed to do very little, involves no typical peers and is usually a pain for me to get her to and from and takes up just enough of the day that we can’t do anything else enjoyable?

Maybe I am better off filling her life with enrichment of real life situations during the summer. Reading on the beach with the sensory impact of the waves and sand. Going to the farm and cooking delicious food by following a recipe and measuring. (Both reading for information and math).
But then what about social skills ?

There is no easy answer as to what’s best for our kids and honestly I end up doing what works out best in terms of accommodating everyone’s schedule.

Thinking about what the ultimate summer program might look like….I’ll dream it up and get back to you !

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