I had a parent/teacher conference with easy child's teacher this morning, which I was looking forward to. His IEP meeting is next week and I was hoping to get an idea of where she stand in connection with getting the school to grant easy child some accomodations. I'm beginning to think that I should have asked for a 504 meeting rather than an IEP meeting. Everyone seems to be in agreement that easy child is a very special boy (at least we all agree on something, right?). His teacher agrees with the neuropsychologist that easy child's processing speed is way below where it should be, and that he can't seem to ornganize his thoughts when it comes to sentance structure, which I knew. He needs to work REALLY hard in order to do well, which frustrates him, and if he does all that hard work and he does not do well she totally loses him. Mrs. H seems to be on my side, and I think that the committe will give her words some weight. She told me that she really needs to sit down and think about how she needs to word things so that they can see that he really does need some interventions because things will only get harder for him as he gets older. She would like to see him give speech, which I don't think they will do because he was denied that last spring, but Mrs. H thinks that part of his spelling problems are because he is trying to spell things the way that HE says them, rather than the way they are actually said or spelled. Does that make sense? I have to call our insurance carrier again and ask again if they will cover speech. Every time I have called in the past they tell me they won't cover it because they consider it a developmental delay. The school's argument is at this age it's not really "development" anymore, but the insurance company does not see it the way the school does. The school just doesn't want to give it to him. So, it sounds like Mrs. H is going to try to say what she can in order to get him some accomodations. If they deny him IEP status again I will have to ask for another meeting to talk about 504 accomdations. This is exhausting!