IEP Round 6

IEP Round 6

Last night was quite possibly the first time I geared up fully for an IEP. I’ve walked into IEPs in the past with notebook in hand, a copy of the most recent IEP and an idea of what we would be discussing, what questions I wanted to ask and a general distrust for our son’s SSN teacher…only because I distrust most everyone. This time is different.

Colorado has undergone a major series of budget cuts. School districts have not only lost money, communities have refused increased revenue streams for schools, and the District has had to return millions of dollars to cover the State’s shortfall. What, you may ask, does this have to do with our IEP? I’m asking for more services.

Though asking for more may be a misstatement. Specifically, we are looking at his Occupational Therapy. For whatever misunderstanding happened, we believed J was receiving 1 hour of therapy in school for OT. He’s not. He’s receiving 30 minutes. That’s 30 minutes of therapy on fine motor skills (not to mention he’s not receiving PT) for a child who’s initial diagnosis was cerebral palsy. (I hesitate to say primary as I think there’s a few other’s competing for that spot).

The IEP prior to last year’s and every other one shows (upon my late-to-arrive due diligence) shows .75 hours of OT. Why the decrease? I have no idea. It’s thoroughly documented through the writing, evaluations, goals, etc that fine motor skills is a large ‘subject’ to work on.

Though again, this time is different. I do trust J’s SSN Teacher this go around. I’ve come to understand her apparent brashness is the desire to see her student’s succeed to a bar set reachably high. I do understand that they carry over the recommendations for OT throughout the day even when the therapist is not present.

Still, I must ask. I must inquire. I must advocate.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

(Photo By: William & Mary Law Library / Flickr)

By | 2010-10-26T23:22:33+00:00 October 26th, 2010|Categories: IEP / 504, School|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

About the Author:

Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate.

One Comment

  1. Trish October 27, 2010 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Good for you! I hope it goes well. I am in an ongoing battle with my son’s school over a number of issues and have resorted to private OT at this point. Ugh!

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