Starting to Think About The IEP for Middle School

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Starting to Think About The IEP for Middle School
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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 8:03pm

Nathaniel is in his last year of Elementary school, he will be in 6th grade in the fall.

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I am not sure about the teams ideas within the middle school but i can definitley find out about that.
Yes, that is what I mean about inclusion. You are right that his LD does affect science and social studies even though he does well in them. Mainly w/ the writing aspects of those things. He is reading very well and is on grade level. But when it comes to tests, essays ect....that is very affected by his dyslexia. I don't know if I should want him to be in inclusion classes for those or just put very specific accommodations in his IEP for those subjects.

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I'm very familiar w/ the layout at the middle school (I went to middle school there) and thankfully I know one of the 7th grade math teachers b/c she taught me math and we are still friends. She is actually going to start tutoring Nathaniel on Thursday and it will happen at the middle school. I am very excited about this b/c I feel like it will give him a leg up in a manner of speaking. Allowing him to go to the middle school and become familiar with it before the school year starts.
6th grade his down stairs at the middle school, 7th and 8th grade are upstair and combine in the halls but have separate classes of course.
I have heard wonderful things about the sped teacher at the middle school, that also comforts me. I will take your advice and definitely ask to have one of those people from the middle school at our last elem. IEP meeting.

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You could ask for inclusion (are they going to send a TA or sped teacher in the class to help him?--I'm assuming that's what you mean) in all his core classes.

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IME, there's a bigger adjustment in middle school than elementary school. I still miss those closed classrooms and DD having an actual "homeroom" teacher. But be comforted in knowing there is still a special ed team, there are still special ed teachers and therapists at the middle school. Request the presense of a middle school administrator (principal, counselor or special ed/resource teacher) at your last elementary school IEP meeting and ask questions. Get familiar with new surroundings before that school year even begins, Are the hallways there separated by grade levels? At DD's middle scholol the 6th grade hallway is a separate part of the school than the 7th grade hallway, Likewise the 7th and 8th grade halls, Get familiar with where his locker will be and working the combination if there is one too, etc. Good luck!