Post by Googsmom aka Jennifer on Jan 30, 2008 11:30:11 GMT -5
HI all... I was wondering if anyone has a "typical" kid that has an IEP in place? (I don't know of another word for kids w/o DS than "typical". I hope that is correct ) I am having a hard time finding info, not on IEP's, but on "typical" kids w/ ADHD and IEP's. I'm starting to feel like a I don't know what, a goofball. Thinking i'm the only one w/ this situation. I know i'm not, but I sure feel like it. Any help here would be super. Web sights or experiance, anything. Thx, Jennifer
Post by Googsmom aka Jennifer on Jan 30, 2008 17:02:18 GMT -5
Thx Leah. So when i'm out there searching for ADHD and IEP's and NOTHING shows up, I should try OHI maybe, under "what condition". There are so many to chose from but not a one I have found for this. Her IEP's are coming up soon and my stack of paperwork seems to be growing due to her starting High School next year. I'll be meeting w/ the HS Sp.Ed teacher then too. My real concern is how the other kids will treat her in HS. She is a very friendly girl but is always saying she is dumbo b/c she has trouble w/ reading wich coinsides w/ all areas. I tell her she is NOT but what does mom know. I just feel lost dealing w/ new teachers when I have spent 8 yrs getting these teachers into shape. I dunno....
Our son who is now 20 years old had an IEP from first grade on because of his ADHD. He was VERY easy to work with when he took his medication, and we weren't always sure if he even needed special modifications for him. But, we did the IEP every single year (LOL and it was so interesting when he was in the 8th grade and he was allowed to start attending them too!) and we made sure that certain things were in place:
He had weak muscles in both hands, which made his handwriting a significant issue......despite years of OT. Finally, we made sure that he could use a laptop during school and at home to do his assignments. AND, we wrote into his IEP that he could not be given a writing assignment as punishment. (You know.........when the teachers have kids write 200 times "I will not get out of my seat during Math", etc). He had "preferential seating, and our agreement with the teacher was that she could move him to whatever area of the room that was best for HIM.
Justin is 20 now, and in college. We have never requested a meeting or asked for any type of modifications.......he really does not want that at all. AND, he is no longer taking medication for ADHD, so there are times when his behaviors are once again evident!
Post by Googsmom aka Jennifer on Jan 30, 2008 22:15:06 GMT -5
Thx girls. That makes me feel better Yes A, she's had an IEP sence 1st grade. Thought she was just a "slow" learner for many years. She wasn't a good "talker" either.( Boy how that one has changed, LMAO!! ) Finally about 4 years ago she was officially diagnosed w/ ADHD and put on med's. I will be OK, I know. Just another day in the life of IEP's. Now that I have Brooker and have "met" all you nice people, there is another type of IEP's I must learn w/ Brooker and I kinda felt bad, like I was taking help away from a child who needed it more than Mary Googs. My sister said that's silly thinking because there's enuf IEP's for everybody. Every child has the right to learn w/ whatever the "different-abillity" may be. I guess she's right. Darn'd little sisters anyway Thanks again for the help.
In Texas you don't have a formal IEP unless you get into the special ed system through the ARD process...ARD meaning Admission, Review, Dismissal.
However, years ago...from my training with Emily...I called an informal IEP meeting on my son who was not performing as he should be in school. Didn't call it that...but requested a meeting with all of his teachers (this was in 7th grade) at one time. They all showed up and it was interesting to find out that he did well in some classes but not in others. The "group" of teachers came up with some ideas that were terrific and helped in that they all gave him consistent feedback when he decided to be the class clown! It made a big difference in the next few years for him.
But what we had really done...was have an IEP meeting. Of course it is not binding like a legal process...but an effective way of trying to work out problems for kids who are not in sped programs.
Post by momofrussell on Mar 13, 2008 18:31:05 GMT -5
Jackie, we did that lots with Regan in Middle school in both districts. I use to joke that I had more team meetings with my NON-IEP child then with my IEP child LOL But this worked for us and kept her on track...now she is swimming with the sharks on her own in HS LOL
Adrienne, wife of Kevin, mom of Regan 19, Russell (DS, Autism, Visually Impaired) 14 and Reece 11.