There are nine students in the class, including Miss Kat, seven girls and two boys. Miss Kat’s spoken language is by far the lowest of all the students, but academically, she is absolutely on grade level. She is the only one who is severely delayed, except one little girl, “M”. M uses cued speech. She has a transliterator. She is very dependant on the cuing. I don’t understand why M can have a transliterator, but Miss Kat can’t have an interpreter…
When Daddy walked Miss Kat into the classroom, the teacher had all the kids go and find their desks. Miss Kat got very worried. Up until that moment, she had been very excited and proud to be going to school. She was worried that she wasn’t going to have a desk (poor baby) Of course she did have a desk, and she was very happy when she found it! I had tried to prepare her and worked really hard to try to answer all her questions and assuage any fears she might have. We had played on the playground, looked around the school, found the bathrooms, and talked about the schedule and where the library, gym and lunchroom were. I NEVER thought that she would think there was no desk for her; I guess there is no such thing as totally prepared!
First thing in the morning, they discussed the day, and what was happening. She was paying attention, and when she understood, she would turn to Daddy and sign it to him. After a few minutes, she turned and told Daddy that she needed to potty. He told her to tell the teacher, she raised her hand, and voiced “Potty”, and the teacher understood and took them all to the bathroom.
Through the day, if Miss Kat didn’t understand, the teacher would repeat and then sign or gesture and Miss Kat would understand. The teacher knows some sign, but nothing like at the bi-bi school! She says she is trying, but she worries that Miss Kat doesn’t get the information if she doesn’t sign. I told her that we are also worried, but that it is still very early, and we are hoping that it will click soon, and she will start catching up. She says she isn’t too concerned yet, but that we all want to be on the same page.
Miss Kat is very very happy. She is excited to go to school. She tells me how much she likes “talking school”, how much she loves her new teacher, and that she has lots of friends. She is terribly proud that she can hear and speak. She always tells us “I can hear you” with a big grin on her face.