Claire Wiegand's Story: 1995 - 1996
At six, Claire finally started sleeping through the night and going to bed consistently. At 8:00 sharp, she would have her teeth brushed and be put to bed, and she would sleep for 10 - 11 glorious hours! She continues to sleep well even now -- we hope it lasts! This was Claire's first year of genuine public school and she was placed in a class for moderately mentally handicapped children at Cherry Tree Elementary. It was an ambitious placement, because her tests showed her functioning in the severe-to-profound range, but her preschool teacher and we were so pleased with her progress that we hoped she would continue to improve if placed with higher-functioning students. It turned out to be a mistake, because the class didn't meet her needs and she was considered to be a burden to the class. At case conference time, we unanimously agreed to move her to the severe-to-moderate class the next year.
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