Sunday, May 15, 2011

IEP Meeting

I haven't blogged much lately, not for a lack of things to blog about, but for a lack of time. Among other things, we've been preparing to enroll GL in high school in September. This is not only a transition from middle school to high school, but also from home school, which we've done from the beginning, to public school. You know how difficult transitions can be for kids on the spectrum, and how hard it can be to figure out what services they need and how to get them. So far, everyone seems to be going out of their way to help him (and us) so I am cautiously optimistic. But I know that not everything needed or recommended always ends up in a student's IEP, and have heard plenty of stories about schools writing great IEPs and then ignoring them.

His IEP meeting is Tuesday. We'd appreciate any prayers, best wishes, and good thoughts you can send our way.

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Blogger Brian@bothsidesofthecoin said...

Wow, this is a big deal. I look forward to following this as the story continues. Make sure that you constantly evaluate and advocate for your son's needs. You are the main guy, not the school.

May 16, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Mama Bear said...

@Brian, Thanks. It's important to keep focused on the main thing and in this case the main thing is "what's best for Goldilocks?" This learning to advocate is hard.

May 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Lizbeth said...

Good luck! I just came back from an IEP meeting this AM and had to reiterate, "This is not about me but about that little boy out in the hallway."

Thinking of you.

May 16, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Arby said...

Learning to advocate is hard and rewarding. You'll get the hang of it. We just told the local school "no, thank you" to 80% of what they wanted to do next year after our last IEP meeting. They were stunned. You know what your son needs. Trust your instincts and you'll be fine.

May 18, 2011 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Apples and Autobots said...

I'll definitely be praying for you guys!

May 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

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