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...