Had youngest son's IEP meeting this morning

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Had youngest son's IEP meeting this morning
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Wed, 03-13-2013 - 2:47pm

We had my youngest son's yearly IEP meeting this morning. No matter how many times I've done this, I STILL feel slightly intimidated each time- I'm getting better, though! It's mostly because I'm always outnumbered. My awesome husband always goes with me so that definitely helps. In my son's more "challenging" years when we butted heads with the school trying to get him the right services, I would try to bring an additional person for "my side" as well- his private speech therapist, for example. I'm curious as to how many people are usually at one of your children's IEP meetings? Today, I (silently) counted 7 people in addition to DH and I. There was a special education teacher who kind of lead the meeting, his gifted teacher, his regular mainstream teacher, his speech therapist, his occupational therapist, the talented music teacher, and a "technology resource teacher". 

Overall, things went pretty smoothly- my son has come a looonnnggg way! He will be keeping his gifted classes and speech therapy. He will lose his OT because he's now accomplished all of his goals- bittersweet b/c his OT has been with him for years and was one of the few people who really "got"/ understood my son. He will be gaining talented music because he just recently was evaluated and qualified for that. It will be once a week, for 2 hours.

Someday I'll have to post about our previous not-so-smooth IEP meetings. I remember writing about them so I'm certain I still have it in a Word doc somewhere...

Lisa 

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 6:25am

I schedule IEP meetings everyday at work.  Most meetings on average only include 2-3 school employees for an annual. 

I went to a meeting for my nephew (different school district) last year & I believe there was 18 ore more people, but not just school.  I think 7 of those were parents and those with her.  My sister, her dh and me.  Then my parents, my aunt and uncle and their friend were all participating by phone, so actually 8.  It was an extreme situation and my newphew does have a lot of services--but it was a ridiculous sitatuation and the whole team thing with my sister was becasue my aunt uncle have beeen teachers over 40 years and their friend who was a principal and they were all outraged about what was going on.

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Sat, 03-16-2013 - 7:50am

Think the most we had 7 this year, it was his 3 year re eval so it was cooridantor, OT, PT, pyschologist, reading teacher, classroom teacher and special ed. Prior to that tops was 6, this year he is in a dual ed class so we have the general ed and special ed teacher, but in years past its been just OT, PT, teacher and not always a coordinator. DH has gone ONCE and I will NEVER bring him again. Would bring my mom for moral support first. He actually told them he didn't beleive in ADHD....REALLY

Glad it went well, I have to say I have been pretty lucky to date with ours...

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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 11:04am

I hate when you get the ones with the "holier than thou" attitude! So glad the prinicpal and the other therapists backed you up!

And I will definitely pass along that "quick reply" is still not working very well (at all?) I always click the regular "reply" button out of habit so I didn't realize quick reply was not behaving.

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Quick reply was just sitting and spinning for me.  I had to paste into the reply.    I wish that they could get this working consistently!

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 11:45am

I usually have 3 people at my son's meetings.  The consultant teacher, the OT and the speech therapist.  One time we had about 7, including the above, the principal, physiologist,  and someone from the district.   The one from the district was snotty, but the principal and the teacher backed me up, as did the OT and the speech therapist.