IEP meeting today at noon

February 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm 3 comments

I don’t really have time to post this morning. Definitely a ‘two steps back’ kind of a day when I really need to keep moving forward.

But I wanted to let you all know that Polly’s transition meeting for preschool is today at noon at our neighborhood school.  A group of people including Sergei and me will form Polly’s Individual Education Plan. 

Prayers are appreciated.

We, along with four or five of Polly’s beloved therapists who treat her now, will sit with a team of teachers and therapists from Chicago Public Schools to discuss and critique every area of her development and come up with a plan for her schooling come April when she turns three.  We are expecting to be there a while.

These meetings are sometimes hard.  Words like ‘retardation’, ‘delayed’ and special education’ will be thrown around.  Once again, we will be reminded that our beloved daughter does have ‘special needs.’  Honestly, day to day we forget. 

To date, these meetings for Polly’s early development have been on our turf.  I loved the home court advantage but knew the day would come when we’d have to decide the best place for Polly; a self-contained classroom (a classroom set up for kids who have IEPs), a blended class (a mixture of ‘typically’ developing kids and kids with IEPs), or an inclusive classroom (a typical preschool classroom).  All of this today and the kid won’t even turn three for a couple months.

I’m armed with brownies, pictures of Polly, a list of her strengths and weaknesses and our concerns for her as parents, pride, prayers, my fakey, big smile and a few butterflies.

I’ll post tonight and let you know how it went.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christine  |  February 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Good Luck! Praying that the meeting goes well. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

  • 2. theramblinghousewife  |  February 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve been on the other side of the table . . .(The Special Ed teacher) And have facilitated dozens and dozens of IEP meetings.

    I always hated having to use the “labels.” Unfortunately, our federal government requires them for children to receive services.
    I always advised parents not to get hung up on labels. Really, they mean nothing. You know your child and all of her abilities. She will always be much more than a label . . .

    I find it interesting that I will someday be sitting in the parent’s chair (as a parent of a child with hearing impairment)–Brownies are definitely a great idea! 🙂 I’ll have to keep that one in mind! 🙂

    Best of luck today! 😉

  • 3. Ecki  |  February 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Hope all went well! Wondering how it all went.


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