By law, our special needs children are entitled to a free and equal education up to the age of 21 years. In the grand scheme of education, mastery of primary skills -- language, the alphabet, numbers, reading and writing -- is critical to move on to bigger and more complex skills and concepts. That said, Dr. Feeley suggested that rather than packing on all those extra years of learning (as needed) on the end of our children's educational careers, parents should consider putting at least one of those "extra" years up front in pre-school so that these critical primary skills -- the building blocks that all education rests upon -- provide a stronger foundation upon which to build all future knowledge.
I totally buy into this premise! (Did you see the light bulb go on?)
I have always been open-minded about a child repeating any grade as necessary according to their needs. Admittedly, I've also been hopeful that this might not be necessary given my boys' consistent performance in the borderline delayed range. I have lauded parents who had their academically struggling "typical" children repeat a grade at a young age to help ease the child's burden and boost critical skills early on. So why would I be less willing to do so for my special needs children? The notion that I would push them forward when they are performing in the borderline delayed range just to keep them with their same-age peers is absurd. But, that is how I was thinking... I guess.