We had Riley's IEP meeting today. Wow what a difference a year makes. Last year I was in a panic. I didn't really know what to expect and I hadn't heard great things about the process. I felt a bit like I walked in prepared for a fight. This year was completely different. I feel really good about our placement. I love his teachers and I'm confident in his therapists. I have the extra confidence of having a year of private therapy under our belt as well. Plus Riley is simply doing amazing.
When we arrive for the IEP meeting we were told that his teach wouldn't be there as planned. The poor women had been getting sick but had come to school anyway. She had an afternoon dentist appointment and proceeded to get sick in the dentist's chair. YUCK! I think that earns her an excused absence.
The teacher not being there was really the only bump in the road. The goals all seemed appropriate and challenging but not crazy. I think the therapists all are very aware of how capable Riley is and expect high performance from him. I am one lucky mom to have such a great set up.
The IEP process is intimidating and I've read so many blogs and talked to moms who have not had a very successful time at having the school meet the needs of their children. It is really sad to me that schools don't all just do what is best and most appropriate for the child. I wonder how different things will be when we move from preschool to kindergarten. For now I'm enjoying my rose colored glasses.
|Don't be scared mom|
|I can adjust to anything...I like to fly by the seat of my pants|
|My big brother will always be there to show me the way|