Wednesday, February 25, 2015
We prayerfully made the decision last year to have Luke attend public school so he can receive the special services to meet all of his needs.
When we were adopting Luke we never knew there was a hearing impaired school about 30 minutes from our home.
It is one of the best hearing impaired schools in the nation. They are an oral/auditory language school.They do not use sign language.
Last spring we enrolled him in our school district so they could evaluate him and write an IEP.
They determined he should go to the hearing impaired school, but it's in a different school district. Thankfully, our district already had a contract with them and has several students attending there.
The people we worked with from our district and the hearing impaired school were wonderful to us. They went out of their way to make Luke feel safe and happy - from creating a social story about his school day to even visiting his bus and bus driver before the first day of school.
We have seen Luke progress in his speech in only the few months that he's been there.
Remember Luke didn't receive his first cochlear implant until he was almost 5 years old and the second one was implanted about 3 months later.
Until that time he relied on his sight and sign language in order to communicate. We have to constantly remind him to rely on his hearing and communicate using speech.
Formed habits are not easily broken.
Luke can now say: no, yes, bathroom, ipad, boy, girl, dog, mom, juice, pencil, scissors, glue, on, off, apple, boat, fish, flower, sun, I, the, and that.
He stills needs prompting and he will need many years of speech therapy, but we are so pleased and excited with the progress he has already made.