It’s IEP time again

So, today was King Ben’s annual IEP meeting. His mama and I had been talking the past few days about what we thought was going to happen at this meeting.

We walked into the room and there were nine other people there. These are all the people in charge of the various supports that he receives. It was kind of a “Wow!” moment. A lot of people for one fourth grader. This group didn’t include the aides and other helpers he has.

I honestly hate the process of these meetings. Each person, classroom teacher, Speech, Adaptive Physical Education, school psychologist, etc tells us their testing methods, what the goals were, how many were reached, and what new goals to add. It’s takes forever. I wish they’d just cut to the chase.

We already knew that Ben has been having problems. His main teacher is really good at communicating with us.

Bottom line is that Ben isn’t really receiving all his supports because he spends up to two hours a day outside the classroom. He elopes and they have a hard time getting him back into the room.

Their recommendation, and ours too, is that Ben be moved to a private autism school. He needs more support than he can get in a public school setting.

I’m happy about this, and terrified. I’m happy that he’ll be in an environment better suited to him. I’m afraid of how the private schools handle behavior issues. We will be able to tour the schools before he goes and our district supervisor will still be very involved with him and his educational goals.

Everyone on his support team adores him and wants him to succeed. There were hugs and tears at the end of the meeting.

We’re in a holding pattern now. Waiting to see where and when an opening in one of the private schools will be available.