Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Little Cricket’s Delay: IEP Assessments

I had a pretty good idea of what to expect today from the advice I had gotten from my IEP advocate I hired, other parents I had spoken to (who have already been through the process) and everything I had read. Before I had even entered this meeting I had done a ton of ground work. I hired my advocate, because I am not interested in getting taken advantage of in a situation I know little about what my rights truly are. I had met my advocate for a meet and greet to go over this meeting and the steps I had to take. I had my current therapy team write assessment updates to their last reports so the IEP team would have the most recent information. I mailed a packet with an outline (sample below) filled with my Little Crickets assessments. I went well dressed in business attire, my Little Cricket was also snazzy and well-groomed and I came with snacks, water, and a mountain of paperwork and pens.

I came prepared.

The first meeting is often super important as it sets the tone of how the interaction will proceed from then on. I wanted my tone to speak VOLUMES about how serious I was on getting what my son deserved. Without speaking a word I hoped to convey that.

The meeting, that took a little over four hours, went as expected. There was a special education director, as well as a Speech Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, an Adapted Physical Education Teacher as well as a psychologist. Each expert spent time with my son and spent time with me going over their portion of the mountain of paperwork that I sent over. I got great compliments from the team about how far my Little Cricket has seemed to have come in such a short time. They complimented my outline and paperwork packet, even going so far as to state it was the best they had ever received. And they seemed to bend over backwards to listen to any suggestions I had. They treated me as my son’s expert; I valued their advice as they valued mine. I felt that it was a wonderfully supportive environment.

Hopefully this support will continue through the rest of the IEP process.

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