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Old 03-03-2010, 08:20 PM
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My almost-4yr old son is about to be enrolled in Speech Therapy, through our school district. I've been told the paperwork process can take months and we will more than likely not start until next school year. I've started looking into Pre-K programs through the district(he won't be able to start until next school year, due to age) and the only way we can qualify is if we are a family who doesn't speak English as our primary language, if we are active duty military (we WERE for 7yrs, but not now), or if we are low income. When we were stationed in KY/TN, every elementary school had a PreK program and while they had the same qualifications, they also took children who had speech delays. I'm looking for a district program that can help my son more than 1hr a week, do I have any other options? We are in the EMS-ISD
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:57 PM
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Besides the speech therapy, does he have the need for any other assistance?

Also, is he currently enrolled in any program outside of the school district, such as a preschool or child care center?

With the way public Pre-K is set up, the focus is on kids who are truly at risk for not functioning in public school due to either not having English as their first language or not having a stable and providing home life. It's not all that beneficial to kids who previously attended a preschool or child care program or have special needs like Speech Therapy.

So, I'd say that if the only issue is speech that there probably is no need for him to be in the public school Pre-K especially if he is already in some program.
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:03 AM
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hypocore- Thank you for taking the time to reply. As far as we know, he does not need any further assistance other than speech therapy. We will be going to his 2hr assessment with the Speech Therapist next week, so we will know more then, but from his first evaluation, she said she had no other concerns other than his speech. He only pronounces the middle of each word...talks in complete sentences, understands what you are saying, but doesn't pronounce the beginning or end of the word.

We have been on a wait list for our church preschool program for quite awhile, but no, he has never been in a preschool or childcare environment. So I'm hoping that once we do get him enrolled, that being around other kiddos his age will help as well.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:23 PM
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My son has a lot of delays and the only thing that you can get through public schools is the "headstart"/Pre-preK services, and that is only is your child has been diagnosed with something that fits their criteria. Then, he would be in school 4-5 days a week for 2-3 hours and the therapist would come in at least 1-2 times a week. If you have no diagnosis, its a little more difficult, unless you seek out an outside therapist for him.
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:25 PM
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talk to your pediatrician and get a consult with a speech therapists through your insurance
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