Originally Posted by Deborah
So, I guess the main thing is: where would your daughter be the happiest and make the most progress? She definitely needs the ASL right now--don't let them take that away from her wherever she goes. And, it sounds as if she would do great with AVT--and hopefully she can continue that plus get a lot of oral language instruction and exposure at school. And the social issue is SO SO important: if you could find even one little girl her age going through the same thing, that would be so great for her. So, if you can find all of that at the bi-bi school, that is great. If you can find it at the oral program, that is great, too. You may be able to get it in the mainstream, but it is harder to find deaf kids in that situation. Good luck in whatever you do! I am sure she will be happy in the right situation. Good luck!
There are other CI and hearing aid users in the class but none of them are oral language users. There are a few in the school, but very few. I love the social and (for early elementary) the academics of her school, but we need more and I don't think we have the power to get the services she would need. We always knew we would eventually leave the school (they don't even have a high school program, not enough kids) but we didn't realize it would be so soon. Miss Kat just loves these kids so much, if we leave the school, we will HAVE TO stay in contact with her friends. Ugh, this hurts already....