Yesterday I received a packet in the mail notifying us that Abby has been recommended for the extended year program (summer school). It outlined that any child who is at significant risk for regressing over the summer gets invited to the program. Obviously we have the option to NOT send her. I guess it could seem like an easy choice either way. On one hand if a program this successful is making the recommendation how can we NOT take it. On the other hand isn't sending a four year old to school in the summer a little nuts?
Obviously it isn't so obvious how to decide. Brian and my immediate response was no way. She's only four and the progress she has made this year has been good but we haven't been blown out of the water. There is also the matter of her being a twin. Grace isn't eligible and how crappy would it be for her to have to get on a bus and get shipped across town every day at 8 o 'clock while Grace stays home alone with me?
But what if we DON'T send her and she does regress? It's very possible.
As of right now it feels like that is a risk we're willing to take. I think a kid needs a summer (in fact I think ever grown ups could use summers off :D). Isn't swimming and playing and running good PT? Isn't meeting kids at the pool good social stimulation? We're going to talk about it at IEP's this week with our case manager (she's terrific) and see if we're in agreement. Decisions, decisions!