It was held at Violet's Preschool. Early Educator and Psychologist came from The Spastic Centre, Lady from DET (Dept Of Education) Regional Area Manager and Manger of Violet's Preschool. Unfortunately, Disability Support Service person was unable to attend the meeting.
We discussed Violet's medical conditions and disabilities in more detail and how this would effect her in the school environment. DET Regional Manager was quite approachable and gave us time to express our thoughts and fears about Violet starting school. Safety is our biggest concern and of course pending her Psych Report how she will cope with the Curriculum at school.
The Early Educator did annoy me on many occasion during the meeting acting as if there was nothing wrong with Violet and making out she was just a Neurotypical child, which I quickly put an end to by saying that "I did not agree with that" and "I don't care what you have to say, this is my daughter who I spend 24/7 with and know her best". Even Violet's Preschool Manager chimed in saying that Violet is very much in need of assistance, which was nice to have that backup from someone other than Dave and I.
DET Regional Manager explained that as Violet has so many different and complex conditions that she feels she would be eligible for some funding! Much better than we were originally told over the phone by her, seems someone had forgotten to mention she has a VP Shunt & Epilepsy which makes it a whole lot different. I gave her alot of reports to submit including a Vision Australia Report stating that her right eye is mildly visually impaired also.
I gave her a report I typed up detailing her additional needs both medically and Physically. She was quite impressed, saying that it was fantastic. So glad I took the time to type it out now!
She would like us to look at some of the local schools first. At the moment I drive Emily 15 minutes away from here to go to an out of area school because I didn't like the local schools 4 years ago when she started school. I told her this concern, but she wants me to still give them a chance, kind of hard when you live in a rough area of Sydney! She also mentioned another school about half an hour from here that is Mainstream but also has a Support Unit for mild-moderate ID (intellectual disability) with only a small class of 8 students with 1 teacher and 1 teachers aide.
So we have some huge decisions to make about what school to choose! Dave also requested information on Home Schooling.
DET Regional Manager said we will not know how much funding Violet will receive until she receives Violet's Psych Report aswell and will not be able to tell us anything until Term 4 when the funding is allocated, which seems a long time to find out!