Hi, there! We have lots going on. I told you there would be good things to share and there are. Monday was a busy day for us.
The Goofy Child has an IEP, that's good. There were lots that I couldn't ask for or ask about considering I don't know where we will be next year, and there were some things that I would have liked to have spelled out in the IEP for if he does have a new school next year (which he probably will) but I really didn't want to get into that discussion.
There are some things that concern me like the fact that he's only spending 11% of his time outside of the general ed classroom, which concerns me because of his evaluation report which says, "It is important to note that relative to the general education classroom, the structure of the small group setting specific to the reading specialist affords Goofy fewer opportunities for the manifestation of problematic behavior patterns and/or greater opportunity for focus on learning by the virtue of greater staff to student ratio." I absolutely have plenty to say about that, but not until I know what our options are and that depends on where we end up. Educational benefit trumps inclusion, remember?
He does have some pretty good things going. He's not trading services, he's adding services. He's still going to have 30 minutes/day of remedial reading, still going to have 90 minutes/week of RtI for handwriting, and he's also going to have 150 minutes/week in the resource room and 60 minutes/week of occupational therapy. Almost all of the accommodations I asked for are included, and they had some pretty good ones, too. I can't remember them because I don't have the final copy of his IEP yet but I think I like it. I'm still concerned about how this is going to help in the classroom, but we'll see.
Speaking of helping in the classroom, another piece is the Behavior Intervention Plan. I'm thinking that every time I mention it, people are thinking rule related behavior. That's not what I'm talking about at all. I have some pretty freaking good kids, you know. They are not good at breaking rules at all. Thing2 just ended up with two days of detention because he went to the attendance office to check his attendance before leaving school and skipping classes. True story. I love that guy. ok, so this is what I am talking about- you can read here about what a Functional Behavior Assessment is and what it is for. It can absolutely be used for what is generally understood to be behavior- eloping, dropping, screaming, peer/adult aggression... which is what Alex's BIP is for. A FBA and a BIP are not only for rule breaking behaviors, they are for behavior. period. to identify problematic behaviors, the function of those behaviors, and to make a plan for effective intervention. The US Department of Education says, "For many children with ADHD, functional behavioral assessments and positive behavioral interventions and supports, including behavioral contracts and management plans, tangible rewards, or token economy systems, are helpful in teaching them how to manage their own behavior." Behaviors that are not commonly recognized as behaviors can be poor sustained attention, off task behavior, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. See it? Behavior. and, damnit, I just remembered that I requested a Functional Behavior Assessment again but I don't know that I bothered to read the Notice of Action that I just signed to see if it was included. *sigh* my head just isn't in the game these days.
One reason is that everything is up in the air and I'm not sure how much of it is important right now and how much will need to be addressed with the new school. I won't know where the new school is until I find out where we'll be living but I have checked out all of the serious possibilities and they are looking really good. and that brings me to the next good thing. Monday afternoon was also busy. We went to visit a lawyer, he was very nice and said that everything we have already agreed to should be just fine so we hired him. In 45 days, I will be a single woman and we will be well on our way to a different life.
Oh, yeah. That reminds me...
Dear anonymous commenter from the last post, thank you for your concern but my soon to be ex-husband is not in any way suicidal over my leaving. I've never seen the man so happy. Especially after the lawyer told him we could both have everything we were asking for- I get the van and the Spawns of Satan (minus visitation time) and he gets everything else. Settled. and we will both live happily ever after.