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    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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November 28, 2012

We went to Outdoors In in the morning. Naim had a whole stuffed animal and toy instrument band. We had lunch at Taco Del Mar with the free meal coupons the kids got for the summer reading program.  Then, I hauled the kids all the way back to D’s house and went all the way back to go to Avery’s IEP meeting.

Avery’s IEP meeting was fairly predictable and uneventful. It was mostly the whole procedure of building a case for the feds that he is eligible for ECSE services. Then going through the placement procedure. So, now he has been placed in the ECSE classroom on Tues/Thurs at 10:45-12:45. He can start next week, but we are going to Great Wolf Lodge for the kids birthdays and bus transport and Goddard is not set up yet, so it will probably be the week after.  I did meet the teacher, she was the other member of the IEP team (Jean was the transition person, and now we are officially done with Jean. She grew on me after a while.) The new teacher is ok. I didn’t get much of a read on her. She seemed very quiet. I will probably go with him the first day or two so I will see how she strikes me then.

The building is…okaaay. It is clean and nice and there is nothing wrong with it. I think I am just spoilt. I have worked in two ECSE programs. One in Nebraska when I was the para for Tom P. It was just a classroom in a regular elementary school, but was sunny and spacious and was about 4 hours, 5 days a week. In Kansas, I worked at the one at Dole on the KU campus It was a beautiful room comparatively speaking. Huge, large windows, great outdoor space, it’s own kid sized bathrooms, lots of space for different centers and open space for play. There were two 3:30 hour sessions (morning and afternoon) 5 days a week. In both programs, PTs, OTs, SLPs, etc came in weekly to work directly with the kids and consult.

So this program is 2 hours 2x a week. The SLP comes on a consultative basis 3 times a year, and the rooms are about the size of a decent sized bedroom with no or very few windows. The outdoor space is bark mulch and little tyke toys.  It’s fine but kind of meh. But, whatever. It’s free, I think he will get more opportunities to communicate and make choices. Aaaand…we will see how it goes.

The “rules” made this homeschooling mom a bit hive-y. Learning how to stand in line. Please. If it gets too stupid and he is showing no gains from it, I will pull him out. But we will give it a shot.

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