So, I’m not going to lie, today’s IEP meeting was…
I am so pumped right now, I can’t even begin to describe it. This was honestly the best IEP meeting I have ever had, and I could not possibly be happier. It’s such an awesome relief to finally find a school with teachers and staff who really, genuinely care about my child and his progress. Going from last year to what he has now is such a huge difference.
First of all – despite the events of the last two weeks, everyone previously agreed that Kaleb hit a bump in the road – but considered it a temporary set-back (one we are actively working on fixing), and they are getting rid of the harness! I cannot wait to see the look on Kaleb’s face when he hears the news he’s been waiting to hear for months. Second, he graduated out of OT! I simply cannot believe it. He’s been in Occupational Therapy since he was 2. Now he’s finally met all of his goals, his gross and fine motor skills are up to par, and he’s good to go! That was so unexpected, it’s still sinking in.
Another piece of awesome news? Kaleb gets to keep his teacher next year! He will technically be in first grade, but he will stay in the EBD classroom with the Godsend of a teacher he has now. I am beyond relieved. The thought of hashing out next year’s arrangement, dealing with a new teacher who may or may not understand how to work with Kaleb has been haunting my sleep for weeks. To find out that he doesn’t have to deal with any of that (and neither do I!) is an incredible relief. And let me just tell you a little something about this teacher, while I’m on the subject. This is the kind of person who went out of her way to consult with a Gifted teacher (despite the fact that he won’t get the classification until at least next year) to figure out the best ways to challenge Kaleb’s strengths without going too far beyond the scope of what he’s able to handle. She’s willing to go above and beyond to help him avoid potentially overwhelming situations, without stifling him or making him feel like an outcast. She’s a freaking gift is what she is, and I’m so glad we get to have another year with her.
We talked about the gifted program (especially when the Gen-Ed teacher was consulting, and was visibly shocked by some of Kaleb’s reading and math abilities). We hit a bit of a snag because they cannot test until at least a year has passed since the last test. That wouldn’t be a big deal, except the school psychiatrist that Kaleb has spent the year working with and building a relationship with has gotten a promotion, and they’re bringing in someone new. So, it was decided that we’d wait until the fall to re-do the test – giving Kaleb an opportunity to make sure he’s got his feet firmly planted under him, and he has a relationship with the new psychologist. On a plus note, I asked if I could have our Developmental Pediatrician do a test of his own in June when we go for our yearly visit, and they all strongly encouraged it.
And, on top of everything else – the school nurse is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to administer Kaleb’s mid-day medicine.
Seriously, this school needs to win some “Everything Is Awesome” awards!
So, overall, this was the best IEP meeting ever. I left feeling happy, a bit lighter, and definitely reassured that my child is in excellent hands day in and day out. I can honestly say that’s never happened before. I’ve always left feeling deflated, slightly disappointed, angry, or slightly sick. This was such a breath of fresh air, and so desperately needed.
I want to say thank you to this school. Your amazing teachers, support staff, therapists, behavioralists, and administration have taken a load off my mind, improved my child’s life every day, and I truly believe there aren’t enough ways to say thank you for that.