I cannot help but compare at this point, view O's entry into Kindie through an Isaac-lens. Early intervention was cake. Now the real challenges start.
I don't know how well MESD prepared Isaac for Kindergarten and PPS. Yes, he did well in EI. But it in no way helped him to manage being in the typical classroom at Sabin. The unstructured free time (recess, lunch), were fraught with anxiety. He could not keep up with the social aspects of his peers (he had, and still has, a speech impediment as well as a communication process delay), the simple act of cut-and-paste projects would bring him to tears (let's just say scissors were not his friend), and when the academics really kicked in after Winter Holidays, all of this underlying anxiety increased his delay and we lost the second half of kindergarten. And trust me, this aint your mama's kindergarten. They are learning things I didn't learn until first grade.
So as Olivia entered MESD, I was not expecting a lot. Olivia started EI a year and a half younger then Isaac did. Isaac was a 3.5 when he was diagnosed, O was two. She received home services until she was 3, then started in an EI classroom. It was a lovely and supportive environment, filled with staff that truly cared about her and her progress. And she has made progress.
But MESD did not prepare her for Kindie either. Not because of the EI staff - MESD is just not working, and the EI staff is so strapped and spread so thin, all they can offer is the outline of an education, with limited content. But this time, I am not deluded that it has. I insisted on a CB class to start with and we are slowing things way down so she can adjust (you can "insist" on things if your family has had a horrid PPS experience by the way. Very limited resistance when you mention things such as Pioneer, police, EMT, and expulsion hearing in regards to your first grader).
So here we go.