We found a summer school for Miss Kat!!! The State School for the Deaf does not have a summer program, and they don't believe that Miss Kat is eligible for ESY (I have issues with that assessment, but that is a different post). So, I have been searching high and low for a program for Miss Kat. Since we are going to the oral class in the fall we NEED to use the summer to make some progress.
I have been calling all over the country, trying to find a summer session that is willing to accept a child who will not be attending the school. I, of course, contacted John Tracy Clinic about their summer sessions. The problem is that Miss Kat will turn 6, three days before the session starts. She will be too old. I wrote to them and they agreed to put Miss Kat on their "waiting list". I still haven't heard back from them yet.
BUT, I found another option! We are even lucky enough that it is local! The program is called SoundBeginnings. It is up north, two hours away, where Miss Kat's audiologist is. We went up and visited and we decided it was a great fit. Miss Kat will be getting pull out AVT, 4 times a week with a certified AV therapist and has two really great Teachers of the Deaf. The summer session is 6 full weeks!
I really liked the program. I love that they sing and play with music! This is something new that Miss Kat likes now, post CI. She has always liked music, but now she loves it. They sang "Twinkle Twinkle" and played with "sticks"....turns out Miss Kat has pretty good rhythm! We haven't really incorporated a lot of music into her life, but now we are going to start!
Also, the program has two different classes (one older, one younger) and Miss Kat's oral language functioning is right in between the two. She will be able to work on her expressive language in the younger class, and be a good model for the other kids, but the older class will challenger her and pull her up. I think it is a great thing.
So, barring any world event, Miss Kat and Momma will be spending June 22-July 30 away from home!