Congrats to D for Super Star Student! :) What a roller coaster this has been with T and school. I hope you find the road by the end of this school year and next much smoother so you can use your energy to focus on much more fun things than IEPs.
(And PS... as someone who has sat in on maaaaaaany an IEP, bring snacks... even if just granola bars and water... people love that stuff, softens everyone up and gels the team when you break bread together ;) )
I'm really sorry that T's IEP did not go as well as you would have liked. How frustrating it must be to know exactly what your son needs and have people who have no idea what you deal with day in and day out tell you that it's not to that point yet or that he'll "probably" qualify. Kudos to you for being such an amazing advocate for your son though and not giving up. Also for including D in the plans. How incredible! So often the "normal" sibling can feel shut out and you are being superwoman and making sure everyone is included on what decisions affect your family. I admire you and your strength. You are so well put together and I hope your perseverance is an inspiration for other moms not to give up. You go Momma!!!
Woohoo on Star Student!!! That's awesome!!!
IEP Meetings stink!! I'm seriously aggravated with the fact that there is never enough money to fund the needs our kids around the country!! I hope that all the goals are lined up and I agree on the invitation for next year's teacher to be at the final IEP meeting! Always helpful for everyone....even the teacher!
So frustrating that the IEP meeting didn't yield all the results you wanted, but I am glad you were able to get T's goals more in line with his needs. How annoying that they need your OT evaluator to come back and then to have another meeting. That stuff drives me crazy! Your advocacy, ideas and organization around T's IEP are inspiring. I am sure I will be looking to you for advice when it's Hunter's turn for Kindergarten. Congrats on D being star student!
Oh Lindsay, yuck for them not funding the 1:1 aide, but dang it I am not surprised.
Tucker only qualified for a 1:1 aide when he was trached, literally the week after his trach came out he lost the 1:1 aide.
There is one BCBA certified ABA consultant in our district, she goes around to all of the teachers around the district and tries to train them with ABA....it doesnt' mean they have to listen or use it. We rely very heavily on in home ABA therapy, and I am even considering moving to only half day school day so that he can have more hours of in home ABA. But Tucker loves school so much, so that's not happening just yet.
You are doing an amazing job, keep up the good fight! :)
Wow momma, I have no idea how you keep track of all of this and what everything means but you go momma bear making sure you're getting your boy everything he needs! Awesome on D getting that award!!
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