I went to my 6yo son’s IEP review a couple of days ago. He has been retested, and has now tested OUT of Resource services! He’s at grade level for writing, above in reading, at in math. Yea! The only lack, of course, is speech/language–we know that, and it will be an ongoing issue for years to come. That, and social.
By social I don’t mean the homeschooling “socialization” type social. I mean everyday social….norms… reading cues and facial expressions; respecting other people’s personal space; not jumping up and dashing out the door without at least mentioning where he’s going (or in the case of being AT school, asking if he can go); not hugging kids we don’t know, etc. I could go on but you get the picture. He’s doing better than he was a year ago, but it’s just stuff he will have to develop in time. That’s why they call it a developmental delay. (BTW, I am working on adding a page here about the specific issue: prenatal drug/alcohol effects. I know I’m not the only one in this boat with adopted kids, and many of us homeschool!)
The IEP is sort of a moot point. He will not be attending school next year. He qualifies for speech, for language therapy, and that is all. He will attend school part time at the PPP we belong to (let’s not go there please, I know this can be a hot topic with homeschoolers) and will be able to have speech therapy while he’s there. That is what he needs, and the ratios in the class at the PPP can’t be beat: 1 teacher, 1 aide, and 10 kids. That will be great for him, for ease of redirection and also allows him a lot of leeway as far as accommodating his often-changing attention. The teachers there have known him since he was a baby, so that is another plus.
I’m just so thankful that he was able to be released from resource! On the one hand, having it was a blessing. He really needed someone who could (more) patiently work one on one with him. His writing ability has come such a long way. That’s not to say it wouldn’t have if I’d continued teaching him after Thanksgiving this school year, but at the time I wasn’t seeking the Lord for help. ‘Nuff said.