Friday was Avery's IEP with the school district. I was dreading it b/c in my past life I used to go to IEP's as part of my job! So I know all about them and how they can be awful and emotional. But, We lucked out and got a great team of people who really seem to care about us and Avery. They also have a lot of hope for her to progress and eventually move out of special education all together. (hopefully!) The school psychologist came to our home last week to discuss the results of her assessments so that we werent surprised by anything at the meeting which I thought was nice. They have coded her as having an "intellectual disability" (aka mental retardation) because its the only box she "fits"-but I dont believe she has MR. We wont truly know until she is much older. But in order for her to get the services she needs, thats the box they have to check. The PT, OT, SLP and school psych all gave reports and goals. They had asked us to come up with our own goals and it was pretty cool b/c most of the goals developed were ones on our list so we are all on the same page. She will start at the spec ed preschool on July 9th (a day after she turns 3) for extended school year, then will have august off (back full time at her curent school, then starts the year on 8/31). I met with the teacher and saw the class a week or so ago and it was really nice. Im a little wary about the change (I dont like change!) but Im sure once she gets used to it, it will be great. She will go 4 days a week, 8:30-12:10. Speech 2x week for 30 min each, OT and PT 1x a week for 30 min each plus 15 min consult for each. I was hoping for more speech but since it is so embedded in the class with the use of PECS for everything I figured lets try it and see what happens. If we need to later on we will supplement with private pay. She will also be able to take the bus but Im not quite ready for that yet. but it will be nice in the future b/c the school is not my school of residence and is at least 15 minutes away. She will be going back to her current regular preschool in the afternoons so thats going to be a lot of driving for me!
Im proud of myself for not crying in the meeting. I thought I would. Its hard to hear what your kid cant do and should be doing-but everyone was so positive and set good high goals so that made it better.
Also another good thing is that I know one of the speech therapists that works in the school. She is the older sister of a good friend so it will be great to have a familiar face there when we arrive !! we are feeling excited and positive about her upcoming progress. She had a great day today-such a happy little booger-no tantrums or meltdowns -those are GREAT days!!