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Old 09-25-2008, 08:56 PM
 
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Anyone know of a preschool that will work on a child's behavior problems with us? Current preschool refuses to follow our plans/suggestions so my son keeps ending up in the Director's office. Any recommendations greatly appreciated! I'm in Chantilly but am willing to drive to the right place!
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Old 09-26-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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I suggest you contact FCPS to have a screening done on your child to determine if he has any developmental difficulties that are causing his behavioral problems:

FCPS Child Find: Overview
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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Thanks. Have done that already. He's only just 4 so, aside from suggesting a follow-up in 6 mos, they will not diagnose at this age....
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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"Behavior problems" run the gamut from high distractibility and inability to focus, to biting other kids. Luckily, my 4-year-old was the former, and he did wonderfully at the Montessori school on Lees Corner Road in Chantilly. They're wonderful people, especially the director -- she keeps a close eye on the kids and the teachers. They do have a waiting list, though, so you could also try other Montessori schools in your area.

Good luck!
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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Thanks! My son is also in the former category. Would you (and others) say that Montessori is effective for this type of child?
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:16 PM
 
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My 6 year-old benefited from FCPS Child Find service when he was 3. They did a series of evaluations. I first called them in October and they placed him in a FCPS preschool in April. It takes time but if your child does have a problem, they will get him placed.

Be sure to get started with Child Find before your child turns 5.
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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My son had the same problems and got "dismissed" from 3 preschools. The program they have for his age might not be challenging him. It is a good idea to speak with the Directors on trying a new approach to the problem.

My son is now in Kindergarten, has First grade language arts in the morning and kindergarten in the afternoon. It is hard to tell what goes on in their minds but a combination of my son's school situation and an "education first" football team has helped us alot.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:13 PM
 
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Thanks! My son is also in the former category. Would you (and others) say that Montessori is effective for this type of child?
In our experience, my son thrived in this environment in kindergarten, but experienced a difficult transition into regular public school for first grade. The Montessori method emphasizes allowing a child to learn at his own pace in a relatively unstructured environment, whereas public school often requires the group to sit still quietly and look at the teacher for instruction.

That said, he's doing well in second grade, but still has difficulty keeping still and quiet, especially in group settings. He has a wonderful teacher, though, so that's helped a lot. If he didn't, I would consider moving him back to Montessori or another private school with smaller class sizes or homeschooling him.
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