Monday, August 13, 2007

IEP Today

I had an entrance IEP (Individual Education Plan) for G today. We start home school in the fall. It was good, the school will do a few evaluations and we reworked a few IEP goals. The special education teacher also has a son with autism and seemed quite nice. Then she said the thing that scared the heck out of me... she said, "G is going to progress so much this year because you are going to give him so much one on one attention." How much one on one instruction you ask? Try 4-6 hours PER DAY! Yikes! I know its the right thing to do, but I'm chicken. I hope I don't go crazy, that he doesn't go crazy, or worse both of us go crazy! We were on a conference call and thank God because at that point I was chocking on my coffee so I hit the mute button, drank some water and sort of zoned out for a second.

On top of the 4-6 hours per day I need to provide plenty of extra curricular activities for socialization. I'm extra curricularly challenged, unless its a weekly visit to Peet's. Hmmmm does that count? I can teach G to order coffee and chat nicely with the barristas...

5 comments:

mcewen said...

Sound like a plan to me! You're doing a darned sight better than we are around here. Best of luck with the IEP [I know how draining they can be.]
Cheers

kristen said...

The nice thing about the 4 to 6 hours a day is that you can both wear your jammies and start/stop for coffee breaks as often as you like. And you can begin at 11am or 3pm, whatever suits the day. Focus on the flexibility and try not to think too much about the rest of it. Good luck!

Bonnie Arnwine said...

good call kristen sleeping in is a beautiful thing and jammies at three does sound comfy...

farmwifetwo said...

Could you find some respite help. I know others "Mom embracing autism" has in home help, can get funding. She homeschools as well but I think her son might be going back for another year and she's just homeschool the other 3. But she'd be happy to "chat".

That would give you a break during some of those days.

S.

FXSmom said...

I don't know if it counts as extracurricular (sp?) but maybe see if they could do Special Olympics. In our area there is a sport going all the time. Umm...some library's have a consistent thing every week for homeschooled kids too. You may want to check there.