Day 17: Autism Awareness Blogathon
Thanks for all your wonderful wishes for a successful IEP meeting. For those who don’t know what on earth we are talking about – IEP stands for Individual Education Plan (you’ll understand the title when you get to the end of the post). They are tailored to each child’s individual needs and must be relevant, tangible and measurable.
In Australia and in my limited experience, the goals are kept to three, or four at a stretch. They give the teacher very specific information on what they need to be working on with each child. This of course is in addition to or incorporated within the curriculum, not instead of.
The other major thing that is different for us in Australia is that the IEP does not determine the support and resources allocated to your child. This makes it more of a discussion around where your child is at and where you’d like to see the teacher’s effort go.
L’s three goals are in focusing on/finishing tasks, making choices and numeracy.
L’s private OT attended and was a wonderful contributor. She will now be seeing him within school hours at the school and will also be working towards the goals we identified today. I just love this. With other therapists we have had to attend their clinics (all over town) and this has to be fitted in around school hours, making the day super long and the sessions unproductive.
We had a great meeting. The first thing we discussed was what I saw as being the priorities. L’s teacher was very attuned to where he is at, gave great examples which illustrated exactly where that was and what the next step would be from there. She also noted that there had been a significant jump in his communication on returning to school from the holidays (really??). Yes! Speaking more often, more clearly and doing a lot of happy chatting. Lovely to hear!
We had a fantastic discussion about motivation. It’s always been a very difficult thing for L. He is NOT visually motivated, so pictures, stickers, PECS, dvd’s, tv shows, books or anything like that just do not rate. He is not food motivated, does not have a sweet tooth and is not interested in lollies/candy/chocolate etc. He loves his ribbon and that’s about it. But through our discussion we came up with some really great ideas to incorporate into his day that will help him in working towards his new goals. I’ve got a bit of work to do in making and collecting a few things, so will post about these when I have something to show you.
Before I know it 6 months will have flown by and I’ll be very interested to see how my little darling has progressed.
As I left the meeting, L’s teacher commented how wonderful it was to have a parent so interested, informed and willing to back everything up at home. Geez! I know that’s a lovely compliment but what on earth does it say about some of the other parents?