Collaborating with Families and Colleagues
Background: Meet RJ
RJ was born January 13, 2008 she was born at 25 weeks. She was 11 inches long and weighed 17 oz. The journey was a long one of ups and downs. Now 5 years later and a proud NICU graduate, we are constantly reminded how blessed we are to have a little girl who fought so hard to only have a few reminders of her struggles.
RJ in dress from Born4Couture
She loves participating in pageants
Look at what she started at and where she ended up in kindergarten
RJ and her family
Glitter and Fairies
First 2 months in school
One and only meeting with both RJ's mom and dad
Dad jokes around and states that as long as she knows some letters, she should be able to go to first grade and not be held back, right? He was held back in third grade and stated it was hard for him, so he didn't want the same for her. I suggested maybe having some testing done or maybe have someone from Special Ed come and observe her to maybe give us some suggestions to use with RJ. Dad's response was, "absolutely not!" He said, "she is not lacking, she is a kid." What in the world was he talking about?
I could see the hurt in mom's eyes but knew that I needed to keep the peace and suggested that we talk about this at a later time. We scheduled our meeting for the following friday.
Collaboration with Family
Discussions with Mom
Meeting with Special Education Team
RJ's vision tests shows that she was almost blind in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye. She did not qualify at that time for Special Ed but we placed her on 504. We had a resource teacher come to my room to work with her for 15 minutes a day 3 days a week.