Almost all premature infants suffer some sort of developmental delays, as did my twin daughters who were born at 27 weeks gestational age. I know that the paperwork associated with receiving assistance and help is also overwhelming when having a preemie baby, but I highly suggest that parents look into receiving aid from their local public school systems. My son went to a private parochial school at the time, so I felt justified using “my tax dollars” from the public school system.
We had speech therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists start coming out to our house before the twins were even one year old. And it didn’t cost us a dime. Once the girls turned three years of age, the school provided transportation to take the girls to an Education Service Unit school setting.
I also enrolled the girls in a regular preschool on opposite days, and let me tell you, I loved having a couple hours break from all the hustle bustle! And besides the twins attending two different preschools, we also worked on preschool worksheets at home as I was bound and determined to get my girls up to par.
The twins are now juniors in high school and still receive special assistance in school, but they are truly my miracle babies!
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