257. Special Education

Emma felt really bad when someone from her Jessica's school informed her that Jessica needed special services. Emma felt like she had failed as mother. It was true that Jessica was always when it came to learning to talk and . Emma just thought that her child was different. child develops at its own rate. Jessica was years old now, but still was not speaking complete sentences. Jessica would not be attending a kindergarten in a regular school. Instead, she would attending kindergarten in a special education school.

While bothered Emma at first, she soon learned to the school. Jessica had a specialized learning plan an Individualized Education Plan or IEP. This plan up specific goals for Jessica, like learning how feed herself. Jessica also received a lot of attention. Instead of her being in a classroom 20 students, there were only 8 students in class. All of these students also were delayed Jessica. In addition, the class had two teacher's to help the classroom teacher.

The special education also scheduled speech therapy sessions for Jessica. Once day a specialist would come in and work Jessica to help her practice learning how to her mouth and tongue and ask for what needed and wanted. An occupational therapist helped Jessica to feed herself and other age appropriate self-sufficiency . A physical therapist also came in to help .

Emma may have been embarrassed at first that daughter was in a special education school, but a year, Emma realized it was the best for her. While Jessica still was a little other kids of her age, at the end kindergarten, she was able to attend a non-special school.