We added “playgroup” to Jacob’s IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan). In two months Early Childhood will begin transferring Jacob into the school district. Unfortunately, once he reaches the age of three he can no longer receive serves through Easter Seals. The whole process takes about 4-6 months to complete so they start all the paperwork and transitioning him at 2 1/2 years. As part of that transition, his DS wanted to give him an idea of what working with other would be like. Since all of his therapy sessions are at home, the only outside exposure he gets to other children is on Sundays during nursery, and let’s face it, sometimes that’s not the best place to be learning people skills 🙂 .
Each Friday, for the next 10 weeks, Jacob will be attending “playgroup” at the main office. I keep using parenthesis around the word playgroup because it’s not like any playgroup I’ve ever been to. It’s much more regimented than our weekly playgroup sessions at the park. It’s more along the lines of preschool. That’s what they’re gearing him up for. In December Jacob will be going to the kids’ school Monday through Thursday from 9-12 in their Peer Program. They match up special needs children with a peer child to help them learn social/emotional skills. This Peer Program is what will be replacing Early Childhood. He’ll get all new therapists and they’ll have lessons at the school instead of at the house. I’m really nervous about the switch, but I still have 8 more months until it actually happens so I shouldn’t stress myself out just yet!
I’m really excited that Joseph is allowed to come with us. He proved to be a great example and helper for his little brother and the other disabled children there. At one point he was playing with a little boy who had only one ear and you should have seen the lengths Joseph was going to to play with that little boy. Joseph even sat and watched and encouraged Jacob when we started making playdough. It’s more characteristic of Joseph to dominate or throw a fit if he’s unable to dominate things, but I think being put in the situation of being the example child he really worked hard to cooperate with others!
1 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup salt
3 Tbl. cooking oil
1 pkg. unsweetened Kool-aid
1 cup hot water
Mix all ingredients together and knead until smooth. Add more flour a little at a time if needed!
I’m looking forward to the next 9 weeks of playgroup and all that my two little men will be learning.