I have decided I will write a letter to the preschool parents to introduce them to Ashlea. Here is what I've got so far.
Dear Preschool Parents,
We are writing this note to all of you to introduce you to Ashlea.
You may have seen her at preschool already.
Ashlea was extremely small and sick when she was born (only 570 tiny grams!) and as a result she has cerebral palsy. This means she needs to use equipment to help her at preschool, so you may see her in her wheelchair, or using a walking frame, standing frame or a special chair. She also wears splints on her legs and glasses. All these things help her to participate fully at preschool.
Ashlea has a visual impairment and can only see things up close to her. You may notice that her left eye looks a little unusual – that is because she is unable to see anything out of it. She can see out of her right eye, but not as well as you or I, so when talking to her or showing her things please stand close by.
Ashlea is a very friendly child and would love it if you came over and said hello to her. She can often be found hanging out with Mrs Cook, or with her twin sister Audrey. Ashlea LOVES attending preschool. Some of her favourite activities are climbing the ladder to the cubbyhouse, crawling through the tunnel and doing paintings.
One other thing you should know about Ashlea is that she is waiting to get a kidney transplant. This means she is more susceptible to illness than other children, so we would really appreciate it if you didn’t send your children to preschool when they are sick. A minor illness for your child can mean a week in hospital for Ashlea :(
Please feel free to come over and say hi to Ashlea and her sister Audrey.
Unfortunately you probably won’t see us (the parents) at preschool much as we both work, but if you do see us we are more than happy to answer any questions you or your children have about Ahslea.
Murray & Alison
(Ashlea & Audrey’s parents)
I have of course included some very cute photos of her in the letter too!!
What do you think? Can you think of anything else that might be important?