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|Mon, 01-10-2005 - 11:58am|
I'm new to this site. I've been trying to get some information for my son's IEP meeting we are going to this Friday. Let me try and give you a synopsis of our last year.
My son Justin started preschool with his twin brother in September of 2003. His teacher recommended he be evaluated the first day of school, and we started the process as we too had suspected something, but couldn't put our finger on it. After after 4.5 months of testing/screening/doctor visits, he was put on an IEP for SID, gross motor and anxiety issues. He was given OT for 1/2 hour a week and he went to the public preschool, just the classes for special needs children. The next four months were amazing as my child transformed into a happy preschooler. I was concerned about the summer break from the program and my fears intensified when I learned we were moving to another state the end of summer. Justin's end of year report stated that he was still having a lot of trouble with adapting and transitioning.
Our move took place, and he started school in the integrated preschool. Everything went amazingly well. The teachers kept mentioning that he was doing great, and started to make me feel like they were questioning him being on an IEP. After a month, he had an incident and I had to give him trading cards everyday for the next month as a reward to go to school. I have only talked to the OT therapist one time regarding him (to go back a bit, in the new school he doesn't get OT for 1/2 hour a week because the therapist is split between 5 school districts. She stops in once in awhile, watches the kids, then gives the teachers ideas on what to do with them. I don't know what exactly he does besides fine motor skills in the class and gross motor on the playground.)
At his conference in November, the head of the preschool told me she was finding it very difficult to continue him on this program. That she would have to really dig to find something. He is doing very well socially, with fine motor skills and learning. Is it possible that he can be doing well while in a structured, routine driven enviroment and then turn the tables when he's home?
I'm worried because my husband and I have noticed him startin to regress at home over the last couple of months. We agree he has improved overall, but our feeling is that it's due to him being in this program and maturing over the last year. I'm wondering if the decline we are seeing is due to the lack of OT. I'm very worried that if they take him out off his IEP, we will be heading for trouble in kindergarten with a whole new type of pressure and anxiety. I don't want my child to be on an IEP if he doesn't need it, but even more, I don't want him to be without it if he does need it.
So, is there any advice I can get on what we should be ready for Friday? Has anyone gone through the 1 year review and what do I need to have to fight for continued success for my child?
I look forward to any replies....