IEP’s and Evaluations make my heartache

IEP’s and Evaluations make my heartache

This last week has been a tough one when it comes to discussing Lennon’s progress and the lack thereof – all at the same time. Last week, we had his annual IEP meeting and discussed where he has made progress and yes there have been some. He’s done with physical therapy and he’s on consult with occupational therapy. He still receives speech therapy and will for now continue to receive those services. The IEP team recommended Lennon for an alternative placement that does not partake in the SOL testing as it is commonly done in public school. Lennon has been using the VAAP (Virginia Alternative Assessment Program) instead and it is much better suited for him and his abilities. This is where the heartache often…

The annual IEP

The annual IEP

  If you have had to have an IEP meeting.. or have to have them regularly as we do – you may feel apprehension about going because you know the only reason the IEP is needed is due to the fact that your child is struggling. I find myself often noting the negative thoughts surrounding an IEP or the struggles my kid is experiencing because he missed 3 years of school because he has suffered brain damage due to high levels of ammonia in his system. I struggle with the notion that he may always be behind.. but then… I go to his IEP meeting and I hear about ALL of this progress my kid has been making and while there is still SO much…