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Special Education in the OUSD
OUSD is currently offering to place our child into the Reading Clinic currently held at Maxwell Park but destined to be at Redwood Heights next year. They are offerring to place him in an 'intensive' special day classroom that addresses learning deficits that effect reading/math. The idea is that he would be in this classroom for academics - but then in the standard learning environment of Redwood Heights for non academics like recess, pe, art etc. I am wondering if anyone can comment on their experience with the OUSD Reading Clinic or this kind of special day class? We are concerned about the quality and implementaion of the program. Would be interested in hearing any feedback that might help give us a full picture of what we might be getting into.
The only iffy part of the experience was the schoolbus (the school district provided transportation to and from the reading clinic). My son had one excellent driver and one very unfriendly driver who couldn't manage the kids' behavior and really seemed not to speak English. That required a lot of intervention on my part, and involvement with the bus company and the special ed. dept. Feel free to contact me for more info. kc
Does anyone have experience with Oakland's special education reading clinic? My son is being recommended for the program for 4th grade next year. He has struggled with reading since K and now has an IEP for visual and auditory processing deficiencies (aka dyslexia). He has been receiving pull-out reading tutoring at his current Oakland public school but the teacher and resource specialist told me they aren't seeing any progress in his reading. This is now affecting his math abilities and his attitude.
The reading clinic is a collaborative effort between OUSD and the Lindamood-Bell corp. It is 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, in the mornings and then the kids are bused back to their individual schools.
How did your child respond to the program? Specifically in reading improvement, comprehension, etc; did your child enjoy the program, and how did they (and you) handle the transisition back to the classroom each day? We need to do something but I'm worried about how he will manage the rest of 4th grade while missing most of the mornings every day. thanks! -anon
I'd like to hear from parents who have their preschooler in OUSD's Burbank school, or anyone who has information about this school. It has been difficult to find information about Burbank - my understanding is that when Tilden closed, they moved the special needs programs and teachers to Burbank, but I don't know if this is correct. I am the mother of a high functioning 3.5 year old boy on the spectrum, and am trying to decide between Burbank and a more typical preschool. Any information about teachers, program, etc. would be appreciated. Involved mama
There will be a meeting at and about Burbank on January 9th. The CAC's agenda for the year can be found at the group's wiki here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3tkeswl
The OUSD Sped Parent Handbook here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3fet35e
From CAC Oakland's email list:
Another school year is upon us and OUSD's Community Advisory Community for Special Education (CAC) will be holding its first meeting of the year on Monday, September 12th at Family Resource Network, 5232 Claremont Avenue in Oakland (the BANANAS building near the DMV). For our first meeting we will have a potluck starting at 6pm so that we can catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The meeting begins about 6:30pm and the featured topic this month is Advocacy 101: At School, in the District, and Beyond. We will be talking about everything from ''how do I talk to other parents/guardians about my child?'' to ''how do I make sure my child is getting the support he/she needs?'' to ''how can I support my teachers?'' and more.
The Director of OUSD's Programs for Exceptional Children (Special Education) will also talk about the recent re-organization which follows the new regional model the District has adopted. And we will have time for community questions and concerns. dana
I am looking for a Pre-K CH class (Communication Handicap) for my daughter who will be 5 y.o. May 2009. Does anyone know of a city that has one? I heard Oakland has one but I heard they were closing Tilden. I was wondering if anyone's child has attended one in either Oakland, Berkeley, Alabany, Alameda, or the LaMorinda area. Judy
We have just learned that our son may have some mild sensory integration issues. He also has speech issues. He has been thriving in a play based preschool called Inch By Inch. This has added a whole new dimension to our search for the right kindergarten. Can anyone reccommend a school in the Oakland area, private or public, that addresses these issues well? I would love to hear from families who have been through this.
I am the mother of a three year old who is exhibiting signs of a speech delay. I just returned from his 3 year check-up, and his pediatrician agreed with me that his language is not where it should be for his age. He has a large vocabulary of nouns, and some 3-4 word sentences, but cannot hold up a conversation of more than 2 sentences or answer questions, never asks questions, and does not express thoughts/feelings. I have been given referals to Children's Hospital for a hearing screening and speech and cognitive development evaluations. My insurance will pay for half of the diagnostics, and none of the speech therapy, so I will be going through the Oakland School District if he qualifies. I would like to address the problem as efficiently as possible. I am not sure if I should set up an evaluation through the school district, or if it would be quicker and help move things along if I went ahead with an independent assesment. If anyone has relevant experience to share - who to talk to, what to ask for, programs to look into - I would greatly appreciate it Concerned Mom
Your referral to Children's for a hearing assessment is always the first step. You need to know if there are any organic reasons for the delay. Our son had some hearing loss and had tubes inserted in both ears last May. Dr. Wesman at Children's runs the hearing program and he is absolutely wonderful. Not touchy, feely...just really good at getting things done. Whatever you decide to do about private speech therapy (we decided against it), get your child assessed by the school district. They are required to develop an Independent Education Program (IEP) for any child deemed to have an issue that needs to be remediated. That IEP will follow your child through her entire school career and entitles you to access to all district speech services AND private services if the district is unable to resolve the problem, or ANY speech issue that might arise later in her school career Jennifer
Please feel free to contact me via email, as there are lots of other things that can be helpful. The material in the archives that is more recent is specifically posted around ''Learning Disabilities'', which is pertinent - but how would you know to call it that? I guess I should do a separate posting that lays out the process steps people go through so it can be posted under ''Language Delays in Preschool Aged Children'', and see if we can get it posted.
My other advice to you is to hook up later with the Oakland ''CAC'' or Community Advisory Committee, which is essentially the parent-staff group for special needs children, teachers, schools etc. in Oakland. You can contact them to be put on the mailing list at cacoakland[at]comcast.net Fire me an email and we'll see if you want to do a phone call or if I can find you a parent to talk to whose child is at Tilden now Nancy
We were anxious to get my son speech support immediately so we started with private speech therapy sessions twice a week while we investigated other options and got him assessed by the Oakland School District. You should definitely get him assessed by OUSD -- it is a huge bureaucracy to deal with and the special ed department is overwhelmed but if you are a ''squeeky wheel'' progress can be made. If there is a long delay in getting your son assessed at Children's Hospital (I was quoted 3 months just for an appointment) you may want to try Alta Bates' Herrick Campus -- it also assesses children but is not as impacted as Children's Hospital.
My son was tested at Herrick in a very timely matter. I also had my son fully assessed by a developmental pediatrician -- your general pediatrician could give you recommendations of some in this area. Our dev. pediatrician has been great by helping sort through decisions and placements for our child and working with the school district to get ther right resources. We have used a combination of private and public support. I hope this helps a bit. anonymous
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