Thursday, October 9, 2014

More fun with IEPs

This year the girl child is in 5th grade.  Her last year in elementary school.  Excuse me while I shed a tear over that. 

Ok I'm over it.  4th grade was a year from hell.  The teacher change helped but the homework load was insane and she was just falling behind. 

After hiring an advocate, we went into this year prepared for the worst but hoping for the best.  Luckily, the girl child got a great teacher and overall organization of the 5th grade program was much better.  Even with minimal services she is doing well and having a good year.  She was the one who I felt was critical but she seems to be doing ok.

The boy child on the other hand has been struggling to get by.  Like his sister, he is very bright.  He tests in the top 2-3 percentile in everything.  But he just can't focus.  He can't keep still.  He crawls under the desk.  He wanders the school grounds.

The IEP this year included some support for writing and a behavior chart.  The goal of the behavior chart was to break the day into parts, to give us some tracking to see if some subjects were a bigger problem than others, and to reward him if he behaved in 8/10 sections.  Sometimes we get to see real gems.  Yes folks - my child is the one who had the whoopie cushion in class.  

It's only been in place for a few weeks.  We will see if it works in the long term.  With this child, things tend to work at first, then they stop working.  He keeps us all on our toes.

SO - the kids both have IEPs.  They seem to be working so far.  But we will see how they work in the long term.

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