When Clark turned 3, not only was he a year older, but it was also time for him to switch over to another special education program. The Regional Center only helps children from birth until their 3rd birthday. With their help, they transitioned Clark to receive help through the school district.
Our school district set up meetings and evaluations. Clark was evaluated by a speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist and a physical therapist. He was evaluated twice with each group. I also had multiple meetings with them to explain the process and sign papers. It was a long, tedious process, but they made sure we were able to complete everything before Clark’s birthday. We are still waiting for an evaluation from the vision specialist though. Once Clark was approved for special education, the school set up an IEP for him.
An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. This is an important legal document that spells out Clark’s learning needs, the services the school will provide and how progress will be measured. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP.
Clark is now taking Speech therapy 4 hours a week. In 2 hour sessions, twice a week. He is also taking physical therapy for 30 minutes, once a week. In the short period of time Clark has been in therapy, I have already noticed improvement. We are extremely happy that Clark is able to get such great care in the areas where he needs help to thrive.