I *think* I have the OT coming to IEP today -Questions-

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I *think* I have the OT coming to IEP today -Questions-
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Mon, 10-11-2010 - 11:49am

So I believe the speech therapist is going to invite the OT to come evaluate my son after school today during the IEP meeting. This is my 4th year requesting. But this time she asked me instead of me asking.

He saw a private OT while in kindergarten, but she turned out to be nothing much. So I'm not sure what to expect.

Is there anything I should be prepared for?
Questions to ask?
Is there a way for them to take this very seriously?

My son is very high functioning, but it is effecting his schoolwork. For example, this year they are spending a lot of time working on cursive & now he's not interested in school at all - in fact he now "hates" school. So now ALL homework is difficult to complete.

His large motor skills have improved greatly over the past 2-3 months, but his fine motor skills are still completely off skill.

Thanks




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He was denied.

It was the physical therapist who came - not OT, so I had her, the speech therapist & his teacher all there telling me there is nothing wrong with him except he's a perfectionist. I had my son sitting there & here they are ganging up on me defending him ... making it bit tough to fight the other way with him sitting there.

His teacher said she'll make his learning more active (meaning adding movement to it as I told her he learns better if he's moving around). Otherwise I was basically told though he's on the late side he's not alone & there are about 6-7 kids who struggle as much as he does ... which, with 24 kids that is 1/4 to 1/3 of the class.

When I mentioned how his whole demeanor changes when it's time for fine motor skills they serious told me, 'computers are here to stay' and his teacher told me he can type his homework if it helps him do his homework better.

My feelings are all over the grid now. I barely have an extra $5 to my name. Paying for an OT my insurance will not cover is simply not possible (extremely tough even if they added another OT in the area). Already I'm trying to feed a family of 4 for less than $75 a week. I make my own cleaning supplies, we don't buy clothes (hand me downs), etc., etc., etc. I just don't know more corners to cut.

So it continues to be up to me. Though, his speech therapist does use some OT techniques, like whistles to build up muscles & oral coordination.




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I am so sorry you had a crappy evaluation. If you don't agree with the IEP and the testing you can ask for an IEE. That is an independent evaluation at the expense of the school district. They are going to look at sensory based on it impacting your sons ability to access his education and determine if he needs services. It is very hard to get OT services. But even if an OT is not working one on one with him can the OT be on consult? My son has severe processing delays and sensory defensiveness. We only get 15min per month of OT consult. But the OT plans his sensory diet and the school supplies all his sensory equipment. Like his wiggle pad, fidgets, weighted belt,etc.
If you have more questions concerning the IEE let me know.
Jessie Mommy to Gabe (5.8 yrs old ASD, CAS, SPD) and Zane (1.10 yrs old ESD)

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Thank you for all the great information. I'm looking over the Autism Speaks site now.




"Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick."

~ Lao-Tzu, from The Tao Te Cheng