Finally, the saga of “where does Isaac go to Kindergarten” has come to an end, and not soon enough for my taste. In my opinion, this should have been decided by the end of April-not the beginning of June! BUUUT, what do I know. I’m only the parent and a special ed teacher to boot!
Since this was a transition meeting, the crowd was HUGE-unlike past years, where it’s just been me, the director of Isaac’s school, the note taker, teacher rep and chair and county person, this year, it included not only those people, but the resource teacher, school psych,speech therapist, OT, PT and the kindergarten teacher that Isaac will be having next year. OY. Can we say crowded room?
We started with intros (as usual) and moved into the preschool section-quick and dirty-go over present levels, and we were prepared for the fight for summer services, but we got no fight. Both the school director and I were just floored that we got no fight at all! WOW! They just handed over what we wanted! Holy garbage!
The one hilarious thing during this portion of the meeting was that the CPSE chairperson had to explain to everyone in attendance (the newbies) that there was no parent rep, because I declined one after the first meeting. They all looked at me like I had 20 heads-and then when the director handed out corrected copies of the IEP report (first two pages-there were wrong items that I had to have them correct..) everyone who didn’t know me seemed slightly flabbergasted. I wanted to stand up and scream “I GO THROUGH IEPS!! THIS IS YOUR WARNING!!! DO IT RIGHT!” But I didn’t.
Score me one point for restraint. It was superhard, but I did it.
So, I sat patiently as they started the transitional portion of the meeting-really hoping to get a good read on the teacher for next year, but I’m not really sure. She was very quiet, kind of “I know more than you do” and just was more interested in her pen (that I almost klepto’d because I didn’t know that it was hers) than realizing that this is a mom you’re going to have to deal with all of next year, so maybe you’d better start talking to her…hrm….
So, this is what the meeting ended up with everything I wanted, and it was calm…and they were aall pretty civil. I really do like the new Speech person, and we will probably continue with speech services at the local college, because he’s getting more group than individual, and I think some things just need to be individualized…but that’s just me.
So, it should be interesting. The OT detailed what she was planning on ordering for Isaac…and one of the items is really interesting to me. I’ve never seen one, and it’s called a HowdaHug chair. The OT wants it for floor time and for keeping him supported on the floor-and in his own space. Hrm. Sounds ok by me-I made her describe it, because I’d never heard of it ever.
Should be interesting…
But after this, the issue of transportation came up-and the one and only fight ensued. At first, when I requested regular, district transportation, because the stop for the elementary school bus is literally 7 steps from our house, the OT balked. She then wanted him to have a harness to ride the bus. How about NOT A CHANCE! My child has been riding a bus to school since he was 2 1/2. He does not need bus riding lessons all of a sudden.
I made it clear that this was not acceptable and he would ride the regular bus, and if it was not to work, we can find an alternative, but until that point, we were taking the regular bus.
So, they gave in.
I also briefly met the teacher Isaac will have next year. Jury’s out on her. Not sure what I think of her yet. Give me until October,a nd I’ll have a solid opinion.
But at least we’re done. We know Isaac’s heading to the public school for an extended day with wrap care (that they’ll bus him to) and we’re getting pretty much what we wanted out of them. Now, I can go on to being the parent of a child entering kindergarten-twitching and all, but it’s a different kind of twitch….