It's official, our little man will head off to pre-school in September. I can hardly believe it! He had is IEP meeting last Thursday to determine which school he will attend, how many days/hours per week, which therapies he will receive etc. He will go to Mary Cariola Children's Center which is exactly what we had hoped for. He will go to school five days per week, 2.5 hours per day. They will come pick him up each day and he will take the bus to and from school. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that he will be gone every day. I have three months to prepare myself! I think it will be most difficult on Emmalee, especially when she sees him leave on the bus. (She's obsessed with school buses!)
Although I am sad that he'll be gone each day, I am so excited and happy for him. I know that he will change and blossom in so many ways. He will have a great time learning and interacting with all the other kids. Mary Cariola has an amazing pre-school program. Tyler will have all his regular therapies while at school -- speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. Plus, he will start receiving music therapy. Brent and I are very happy about that and we know that Tyler is going to love it!
I spoke with the pre-school director the other morning and asked her how many parents follow the school bus on the first day. She said they actually serve punch and cookies to all the parents that first morning! I'll be there for sure. To be honest, I may follow the bus every morning for awhile. Good thing the school is only a couple miles away from us!!