How is School Going? Is the IEP working?

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Registered: 01-09-2003
How is School Going? Is the IEP working?
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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 6:00pm

How are things going, did your child transition to the new classroom (or school) well?

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Wed, 11-02-2011 - 4:51pm

For us the transition last year from primary to secondary school (I think you would call this junior high in the US) was a |*nightmare* at first, *no* supports out in place despite endless hours of meetings to support the transition. His teachers weren't even aware he an ASD diagnosis for the first semester. (this was due to key staff going off sick and no-one picking up the work). When the new staff came in though, fantastic change. Fell over backwards to try and make up for it. To the extent that Euan got a 'merit' (ie finished in the top 10% of at least 50% of his classes, with no accommodations made) at the end of the year, one of only 20 out of 180 pupils to get this. Just got his interim report card and he 'excellent' for effort AND behaviour in 12 classes. Only failed Phys Ed. He's like the school poster boy for autism.

Of course, this slightly scunners me, because I have an IEP meeting on Friday, and I am going to have to somehow argue, convincingly, that they should NOT withdraw supports, whilst we are all looking at what looks like the report card of a kid headed for MIT on a full scholarship. If they withdarw the supports, we will be back to square one and he'll be biting people, hiding under the table, and getting supended from class for 'cheek' and violence. I truly hope they'll listen and see it as an example of a successful IEP rather than an excuse to start rationing resources....!!

Kirsty, mum to Euan (13, Aspergers Syndrome)

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Registered: 01-09-2003
Sun, 10-23-2011 - 4:29pm

I'm glad you were able to find a solution that workes for both of you, I've thought about it, since the

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Registered: 04-21-2009
Wed, 10-19-2011 - 3:39pm

We didn't have any luck -- made it six weeks and we had to fight tooth and nail for IEP compliance. Kids would be mean and he'd be moved. Teachers would touch him (not in a bad way, but that just makes him upset) and get in his face to discipline, lots of stuff and he turned into an anxious mess that wouldn't go into the building. Now we educate at home and it's great! Without the school-caused anxiety, he's having an easier time of making friends at homeschool classes and soccer, yay!

Great question, I'm interested in hearing how it's going for others, too!

Lily

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