Friday, January 31, 2014

Super Reader

Photo from Allie's class

We came across the PBS TV show Super Why the other day and Allie and I both completely fell in love.  It's a show about a group of friends who solve problems by drawing analogies to stories found in books.  The friends turn into a group of superheroes, named The Super Readers, when faced with a problem in their lives.  The problems are usually pretty normal, like "My baby sister is crying and I don't know what she wants" or "My friend is mad because I ate his cookie without asking".  They get together, talk about it, and then go and explore a story to figure out what to do. The Super Readers have various reading-related powers and the characters constantly ask the viewer to participate and help figure things out.

The first time I put it on, one of the characters was trying to sound out a word and asked "Hmmm... what letter makes the sound 'rrrrrrrrrrr'?"  Allie shouted "R!"  I turned and looked at her wondering how she knew such a thing.  The character then asked "What letter makes the sound 'uuuuuuuu'?'"  Allie shouted "U!"  I'm totally impressed at this point.  Lastly, "What letter makes the sound 'nnnnnnnn'?'"  Allie: "N!"

Then the character helps put all the sounds together to form "run".  Allie participated with all the sounding out and was so proud when she figured it out.

I knew that Allie spends a lot of her time at school working on letters and assorted pre-reading skills, but it was so cool to see her demonstrate a skill that I never would have thought she had.  We do a lot of letter identification and thinking of words that start with certain letters, but I don't think I ever asked her what letter makes a sound.  I am so happy she's in a good daycare/preschool that pushes her in ways that I wouldn't think to.

Jonathan and I had the meeting with the early intervention program leads this morning to determine if Allie is eligible to continue receiving OT, PT, and Speech Therapy through the county.  We want to continue with the program and have her therapists more involved in her school life because, after almost 2.5 years of their help at home, we feel pretty comfortable encouraging Allie on our own.  There are other options too: she can go to a specialty preschool that focuses on specific needs or she can be dropped from the program because she's too high functioning.  We love her current preschool so much that we didn't want to move her and we feared that she may get dropped entirely from the program because she scored pretty well on her tests.

After a nerve-racking 15 minutes of explanation of what the meeting was for, we gave a brief explanation of some of the challenges that Allie has and she was deemed eligible for continued OT, PT, and Speech based on a documented delay in her articulation and an underlying medical condition that impacts fine and gross motor.

So, Allie gets to stay with her friends and continue to receive early intervention services.  Success!

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