It's spring, which means lacrosse season so things are vey busy around here for me between difficult child 1's games and all the stuff I have to do as a booster club board member, team photographer, webmaster, snack shack donkey, and all around indentured servant to the team. Which is why I haven't been around much. I won't even mention the taxes I need to file, easy child's birthday party I have to plan, and that big holiday coming up in two weeks. Today, though, I thought I'd pop in and do a little bragging for a change instead of my usual moaning. Today was difficult child 2's IEP triennial review and this was one of the best ever. The school's analysis confirmed what we already know, but it was just nice to have it all there in black and white for the world to see. And it was nice to have the teachers reminded that this kid has REAL issues, that he is REALLY bright, and that the accomodations he has now are not arbitrary. (There's one teacher in particular that just hasn't seemed to buy off on difficult child 2 and sometimes he's treated him like he thinks he's just lazy). Moving forward as we transition him to high school in the fall, he's going to continue to receive services he has now, plus they are going to figure out a way to NOT require him to take timed tests, NOT penalize him for messy handwriting or drawings, and NOT penalize him for late assignments, specifying a set amount of additional time he will be allowed for completing work and projects if needed. Though he is in a gifted program now, I am not going to push for any honors or AP classes next year. He is still struggling too much with memory and processing problems and I really see no point in stressing him over that. It was just so nice to come away from a meeting where I truly felt that everyone understood his deficits as well as they understood his strengths. We're off for Spring Break next week and our psychiatrist is having us try lowering the Depakote ER a little to see if it helps his sedation. Virtually every teacher says it's an issue at one point or another during the week. We've already tried reducing the afternoon Seroquel, but then he's bouncing off the walls. So fingers crossed. Gotta run now to pick up difficult child 1 from his LAX game. He's doing well -- more on that later!