It’s that time of year again! Time to meet with the school regarding B and his IEP. This year is a little easier because we didn’t have to go through reassessment. That was the good part.
The not-so-good part is that I wasn’t notified in a timely manner from the Cross-Cat teacher. On a Monday evening, I received an e-mail from his teacher to have a meeting. She gave me three dates that week In fact, his IEP was due…oh…that next week.
This makes sense, as Husband recently asked me why he has a hold in his calendar with the school. I hadn’t a clue, so he deleted. Turns out we actually had planned out when we thought we were to meet with the school…the school just notified us a bit late.
Gah. Already, I am annoyed. I know, technically I could have been a real…well a you-know-what because of the lack of written notice, but I’m feeling kind. Besides, the winter was not kind on the teachers and staff either.
So I get the draft and quickly skim it for review. Overall, everything pretty much is still in place. At the IEP meeting I sat around with his Kindergarten teacher, the Cross Cat teacher, the AP, and the OT. It was very cozy in the AP’s office. :)
We discussed his recent issues and obsessions to try and see how he processes information. I emphasized some of the challenges we still face – especially on handling his emotions. B gets frustrated so easily and especially if it’s a long activity or it’s something he doesn’t want to do. Transitions still give him pause, and when there is a change – just watch out!
What I’m most concerned about, however, is the transition to first grade. It’s a whole new ball game when you hit first grade. There are real desks, though that might be good because he’ll have “his” space. But there’s lunchtime – the sensory noises of the cafeteria can be an issue. Or the more time spent of the school model “Pathways” which is concentrated on reading and writing. If B is not interested in group work or concentrating…good luck.
So, we drafted some new goals, with my disclaimer that once the school year gets started – it might have to be adjusted. I made sure OT services remain because those are so important. All the other accommodations (movement breaks, visual schedule, etc.) stay and I added small group testing to his long list.
All in all, not too bad. However, I hold the right to rescind that thought once next year starts!