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  #1  
April 21st, 2008, 08:35 AM
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So we are coming up to IEP season and was wondering where everyone stood?

Is it scheduled yet? Planning on making any changes? Got anything that needs to be addressed?
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April 24th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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Yeah, dd's PET is coming up next month. She's transitioning to high school (I can't beleive I'm going to be a mom of a high schooler!). I don't antipate any problems and we'll probably try to keep everything similar to this year which is spec. ed in all subjects and working her hard on life skills. Keeping up with OT and PT. I'm hoping they offer a pragmatics in speech group and continued work on her social skills.
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April 25th, 2008, 07:13 AM
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Ours is coming up May 7th. I plan on keeping things pretty much the same way as they are now, though we may be dropping PT. She is really strong and does not have low muscle tone any more and is pretty on par with her gross motor skills. The main reason she was getting it was because she is left side weak from ignoring her left side (she had a right face turn from the VI, and with correcting that with surgery, she now sees and remembers she has a left side, lol) so she has been using her left side much more. We are really hoping to push the speech skills and the social skills. We are hopeful that our CSE committee won't give us too much trouble about keeping her where she is and keeping the same 1:1 aide she has. They originally did not want her where she is and she got placed there because there were no other available options, but she has blossomed beautifully and is pretty close to being on target for all the k skills she needs to learn. The really good news is the district pyschologist who didn't want her there is not part of our meeting (its her school pyschologist) and we have a new acting chairperson.

And wow, Congrats on having a high schooler!!! that must be exciting and bittersweet all at the same time. Sometimes I wonder where all the time has gone. They just grow up so fast and I wonder if I just keep missing out on parts of it. It only seems like yesterday that Alexis was a little baby.

KUP posted on how the meeting goes.
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May 6th, 2008, 02:15 PM
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Our meeting is tomorrow morning at 10:45. I am hoping it goes well.
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May 7th, 2008, 09:34 AM
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I hope your meeting went well today.

Ours was yesterday and it was a good meeting. Her schedule is decided for next year and she will being doing special ed. in all her classes. She is grade level in Social Studies and Science but not back the mainstream classroom yet. We will possibly have that as a goal for next school year. She will also continue in PT, OT, and pragmatics speech group. Social skills will be incorporated in all her classes in some or another and she will be starting adaptive PE. The best part is that there will also be a life skills component where she'll be continuing with what they started this year...skills for being out in the community....grocery shopping, going to the post office, banking etc... The special ed. director is also looking into setting up a 5 week program for part of the summer in order to keep the life skills going so that she won't forget what she's learned. We're hoping it will be approved.
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May 9th, 2008, 08:10 AM
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I am glad that your meeting went well. I am keeping my fingers crossed about the 5 week summer program and that they can get that up and running. I have to say that's the thing I hate most about the school district. they can only receive services if they are in a school sponsered summer program, and if they are on vacation or break from school, no services. I definately miss from EI, not having to worry about that.

Our meeting went very well. She is staying in the same program, yeah, so excited about that, and all of her services are staying the same, also very excited about that. We got approved very summer school, though how much she'll be going to I don't know, since we have to go out of state for a month this summer to treat her feeding disorder, but we got and if she doesn't go, then, unfortunately there's nothing we can do. Treating her feeding disorder is more important right now.
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May 12th, 2008, 06:49 AM
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We just had ours last week. I homeschooled for a long time and he really wanted to go back to school. So I let him go this year, to a school that had autism specialists, even though it was a regular school. He had a hard year. The icing on the cake is that at the meeting he was working at about a 65% in math and a 63% in reading. Not good. Not even good enough to pass to the next grade. The autism people are wonderful, but the teacher still doesn't get it. He did so well in speech and language therapy that they want to cut it for next year! I'm against that, as it is his only success. don't take it away!

Anyway, we'll either homeschool again, or move to a school that specializes in his issue. Our year wasn't even close enough to decent to make me think we need another year to try.

I still do a lot of our homeschooling stuff, and keep a homeschool mentality, but we're in a weird place right now.

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May 13th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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I am sorry your little man and all the problems with the school. Sometimes it can be so hard finding the apropriate program that fits all (or a majority) of their needs without taking away from the academics that they still need. I hope things work themselves out for you guys and you can find a solution that works all the way around.

I have a quick question about homeschooling though, does your son still get all the services he needs (speech, OT, PT, etc) when hes homeschooled?
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May 13th, 2008, 08:18 AM
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Sigh, still no word form the team, I wonder if they will get to his iep, or if we have to do it over the summer.
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May 13th, 2008, 08:42 AM
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I hated that. Last year when Alexis was going into K, they left her meeting until almost the last week of June and then when we started looking for placements, most of the programs were already full for the fall. I would call your CSE (CPSE) and make them get on the ball about your meeting.
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Quote:
I am sorry your little man and all the problems with the school. Sometimes it can be so hard finding the apropriate program that fits all (or a majority) of their needs without taking away from the academics that they still need. I hope things work themselves out for you guys and you can find a solution that works all the way around.

I have a quick question about homeschooling though, does your son still get all the services he needs (speech, OT, PT, etc) when hes homeschooled?[/b]

Yes Jennifer, but from me!!! I did it all. He did not receive services, but I did not push for them. I think I probably could have had them, but they weren't doing a fraction of what I could do at home on my own.

We have a connection to therapists who work with CP kids and do a lot of motor skills stuff, since he doesn't play sports. We play catch, different kinds of balls, different sizes, different textures, different distances. We also do karate and swim a lot.

We did Handwriting without tears program. Now he writes well, even though it is messy , it is not a colossal effort for him which ends up cramping his hand.

We did clay and cut with scissors, and he caught up to what kids were doing in Kindergarten a few years late, but he did it.

As far as speech goes, he didn't need speech as in diction. He needs help with conversations, and how to be social. We can work on that naturally as well as a speech therapist. We videotape interactions at home that we role play, we also go over how conversations should start and end, and practice that formally. We also made him memorize a ton of jokes, so now he can tell jokes. And by this, he has learned how some jokes are funny, and he gets lots of "props" when he tells a good joke and people laugh. HE also learned to tell the difference between when people are laughing at him or because of something he did that was cool/good. etc.

I don't mean to say that you shouldn't try to get services if you homeschool. I can think of many ways why that would be a good idea. fun for kids to see other kids in groups, or meet with other adult professionals, or give mom a break for 30 minutes. I was just so OVER our school at that time, that I needed to separate.

I hope this was helpful.

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May 15th, 2008, 09:15 AM
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Definately. I always wondered about that. And I can completely see why you would want to do it yourself if the school district doesn't do a fraction of what you guys can do at home. That would be absourd.
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July 12th, 2008, 04:15 AM
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We had our very first IEP this last week. Sam's had a language delay since 15 months and was receiving therapy thorugh Early Intervention since January 07. I pushed for the eval in May and kept calling for his IEP. (they hate informed parents) He'll be without any services for 5 weeks due to his birthday being next week and he's aging out of EI.

But, starting August 18, he'll go to an all-day preschool program at the school district for speech services and other things. He'll get one on one twice a week, but everything else will be in a whole class setting.

They feel there's a chance he "could" catch up by kindergarten since he only has a slight cognitive delay and it's likely due to the significant speech delay.

His scores from the Battelle:


* Adaptive: 87, 19th percentile
* Personal-Social: 88, 21st percentile
* Communication: 55, 0.1 percentile
* Motor: 80, 9th percentile
* Cognitive: 70, 2nd percentile

The scores mirror his first eval last year, so he hasn't lost anything, but hasn't made incredible gains either. We're hoping a more structured environment will help him along.
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July 16th, 2008, 06:44 AM
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You will be amazed at what a structured preschool setting can do. My dd Alexis was making very very slow progress in all her areas (global developmental delays from her visual impairment (VI) and her autism) before she went center based at 2 1/2. During then she made slightly more progress, and when she went to a full time preschool, the progress she was making just completely blew my mind. She is still delayed in most areas, but the improvement she has made, wow. And just this past school year, she started a special ed K class, and it was so much more challenging, and she just amazed everyone in her class, and us, with the progress she made, such a huge advancement from where she was in the beginning of the year. So I definately think your little man will benefit greatly from being in a structured preschool class.

I hope you stick around with us. I know this board is a little slow, but definately informative.
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