I love my kids dearly and always suspected there was something more wrong with M2. At first teachers assured me and speech therapists argued minuscule progress but the fear never left my mind, something else was wrong with her I could just tell. Today it all fell through when the school psychologist sent me an email
Yes, the testing results indicate that M2 is cognitively delayed and she will most likely not catch up with her peers academically. However, Mrs. F has been pleased with the progress that she has been making. M2 is just making slower progress than her peers. Her progress should be measured individually rather than comparing her to her grade level peers.Currently, M2 is identified as student with a Speech or Language Impairment which is still appropriate However, we may look at changing her classification to a student with Multiple Disabilities due to her cognitive, academic, and speech/language delays along with her hearing loss and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) diagnosis. I feel that the classification of a student with Multiple Disabilities describes M2’s needs and functioning better because it is not just her speech/language that is impacting her academic progress.