I almost cried at IEP meeting!

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by totoro, May 16, 2009.

  1. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    Her Current teacher was there, School Psychologist, Spec. ED Teacher, Speech, Adaptive PE (which she has), Me and husband and Nuero-psychiatric and the best part her 2nd grade teacher!
    I guess they normally are not supposed to let you know who next years teacher is going to be.
    But they felt because of K's social issues she should be in the meeting! Plus it was the Teacher I wanted her to have!!!

    Because the meeting was such short notice they were just compiling all of the info and we are going to do the actual IEP first week of School.
    They did not have enough time to do her Occupational Therapist (OT) or Speech testing either.
    We will get it all together in the beginning week of school, they all felt this was vital.

    They pretty much all felt everything we asked for is important. They will go over the fine print and decide about the details.
    Her new teacher took us aside and said she will take care of K.
    We were concerned about things like her fear of the cafeteria and her inability to deal with bullies...

    We are likely going to keep Adaptive PE and social group, add Occupational Therapist (OT) for handwriting and speech.
    Then add all of the other social, breaks, ability to move, need for less homework, adapted for writing in class.
    ability to go to nurse for breaks when needed.

    There was a lot more.

    It went really well and we were so happy!
    Also her Spec. ED teacher if she needs her has a BiPolar (BP) son!!! and this woman knows N really well because she is working with another boy in N's class.

    Another thing they told us on the side, they are adding another 2nd grade class in order to keep the classes small, 16-17 in each class! This would be 3 classes. We are a tiny School.

    They said also because they have so many special needs children. So far we have counted 10 in first grade and there are likely more because we can't know about all of them? That would be 3-4 in each class. K's class has 5 right now!!!

    Anyway I am so happy!
     
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    What a wonderful update! It sounds like you've found a great school!
     
  3. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like the school is completely with the program, and committed to doing their best for their students. I'm so happy for you and K!
     
  4. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    This was such a pleasure to read...I was all ready to empathize with you about crying over the horrors of an IEP!! I have had a couple of good ones and maybe one or two where I almost shed tears of joy! I'm so glad it went so well for you and that you were able to meet next year's teacher. I always loved and appreciated that with my own. Yeah for you!
     
  5. lillians

    lillians lillians

    are the children in a segragated classroom??mine is ,,
     
  6. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    No, lillians they don't have any segregated children at our school. They will take some of the kids part time and work with them. The big push from this Principal is that our kids, despite their issues, need to fit in and feel normal. They have 1-1 aides for the kids who require more help.
    K's class has a pretty low functioning BiPolar (BP) child and Autistic child as well as 3 other children with special needs. They keep the low functioning children in the class as much as possible.
    If a parent feels the child needs to be in a contained or restricted environment full time this School is not really the place. I think very few parents would want that though?
    We do not have a "hold" room either. An aide or teacher would walk with the child or they would go to the nurse or the principal comes and helps them.
    If the child just can not get it together then the parent is called or who ever is on the list.
    If the parent can't leave the home, the Principal will even offer to ride a bus to escort the child home.

    All in all pretty rare School I think? They are going to limit the open enrollment next year, due the all of this.
     
  7. lillians

    lillians lillians

    we moved here some 5 years ago,,but in bc where we were the classes were like your description,,sadly ,,we should have found out this before moving 3,000miles away,, lucky yu,,my daughter now isnt sure who she is,,with the segragation
     
  8. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    I'm sure your mind is really put to ease knowing what a good environment they will create for K. It is such a relief to know you have the school completely on your side!
     
  9. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Like JoG I was ready to send supportive prayers, tissues, hugs etc. How absolutely wonderful when one of "our" children get appropriate and caring services. Congrats! DDD
     
  10. Jena

    Jena New Member

    I saw cried and thought oh no! I haven't been on i'm sorry. had kids all week and work.

    just wanted to say how relieved the both of you must be to not have to battle the school. i'm very happy for you.
     
  11. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Totoro,
    Woohoo!! Great news-sounds like a winner of a school:)
     
  12. Martie

    Martie Moderator

    I really like this sort of good news.

    I feel unreasonably personally responsible in an odd way when IEP meetings are a horror show.

    I glad congratulations are what you need

    Martie
     
  13. recovering doormat

    recovering doormat Lapsed CDer

    Boy, this is a nice change, huh? Glad to hear your district is enlightened.
     
  14. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    You know I need to send out a huge THANKS especially to Sheila and Martie...
    I am not on the Special Education board a lot but I did ask a ton of questions last year and I do read a lot.

    I would have never been half as prepared if it wasn't for all of you and Sheila and Martie.

    Thanks you guys... I seriously would be walking in a fog half the time without this place.
     
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