Yeah, so we had Monkey’s annual IEP update meeting yesterday and the most exciting part of the whole meeting was…Monkey lost his 4th tooth mid-meeting!
The rest of the topics were pretty unexciting. We talked about what sort of evaluations the school would be requesting for the 3 year re-eval and we were fine with all they suggested. We were happy to learn that his current providers will be doing the evaluations. It will make everything much easier on Monkey and I know they’ll get the best possible results out of him. I did suggest that if they do cognitive testing that they use the K-ABC test which I’ve seen recommended for kids with FX in the past but the psychologist expressed a preference for using just the Vineland. That is fine with us because parent and teacher report IS going to show his skill level much more accurately than any standardized testing will.
The team set goals for the rest of this year, everyone is excited about his progress. We’re pushing forward on new goals with only one exception…alphabet and number recognition. He is about 80% on identifying the letters at school (he’s probably 99% at home, just Q and Z sometimes give him a hard time) but the teacher wants this to be a solid 100% skill before moving on. Works for me. He is much less interested in numbers and he is basically guessing. If the card has a two digit number on it he will start at 10 and work his way up until he gets it right, lol. Definitely an area he needs to work on.
We had 4 things on the agenda we put together with our advocate and 3 of them were already addressed in the new goals. 1 was something the OT wanted to discuss with us. She wanted to change one of her OT sessions to a push-in delivery. Currently, he has 2 sessions a week and both are pull-outs. We wanted to request that they try to do more push-in services for him to keep him with his peers as much as possible. The OT was relieved, apparently a lot of parents prefer pull-out services and fight her on the issue. Not these parents, I keep telling them that this is the sort of thing that will play to his strengths!
The only semi-annoying thing at the meeting was the discussion of how many IEPs we need to write in the next 3 months! We did a re-write yesterday for his annual, we will do a re-write in June for his kindergarten placement beginning in September 2010 AND we need to do a re-write wrap-around IEP to bridge the annual IEP and the kindergarten one. Gah. So annoying. No one understands why but the order is coming from the SPED director and she is SO not a person you want to p*ss off, as many in our district have learned. Soooo, 3 IEPs in 3 months it is!