As promised! Here’s Jared’s progress report from April!
“Jared is a sweet 3-year-old boy currently enrolled in the ODR. He scored well in all areas in his Ages and Stages Questionnaire, without any areas for concern.
Social-Emotional: Jared has a very sweet temperament, enjoying spending time with any of his peers who share his love for trains, cars, and other vehicles. Sometimes this can be difficult for him, if the game is in too ‘close quarters’ and he feels his space is being crowded, or he doesn’t have the room to maneuver and execute his elaborate car-displays. Because of their shared love for these kind of games, Jared spends most of his time playing in parallel alongside Charlie, but will happily play with all of his peers. He loves group time and enjoys opportunities to socialize with his peers (snack and lunch time).
Physical: Outside in the playground, Jared spends the majority of his time speeding around on the playground bikes, and really enjoys when elements of race-tracks or city roads (“Red Light! Green Light!”) are incorporated into this play. Inside, Jared shows a willingness to try new fine motor table-top activities but will often re-direct towards his favorite cars and trains after a short period. Jared loves singing and any songs that involve a gross motor component, such as jumping, mimicking, or making motions during group activity.
Language: Jared demonstrates excellent language skills to express himself within the classroom. At times when he is extremely frustrated (say, if a peer is persistently trying to take a toy and his words aren’t sufficient to get them to stop), he will vocalize in protest, but in those moments, his teachers offer him support and encourage him to persist with using his words to self-advocate. Jared has a fantastic sense of memory, and will often relate things that we’re discussing (either at group time or during other organic conversations that come up) to things he has experienced with his family, or earlier in the year. He speaks in clear, full sentences to get his point across, and really enjoys being a part of group conversations with his peers, as well as one-on-one with his caretakers. We love having Jared in the class and are excited to see how he progresses throughout the year!”