Tuesday, March 17, 2009

IEP Today

Today's Diana's annual IEP meeting (Individualized Education Program), where we discuss her progress over the last year, and set up goals and challenges for next year (7th grade). These meetings can be sort of fun, because I know all the team members well... or I used to. She's at a new school this year. The principal and the teacher are the only other people listed on the "invitation," though typically the speech and occupational therapists are also there, along with a social worker and/or psychologist. I know the speech person, and the social worker from a few years ago, and I don't know if the psychologist from the grade school is also at the middle school, but I don't know if any will be there, since they are not listed on the form. I don't much like going in blind, but there should be no real surprises. Diana chugs along, and we - the adults on her team - try to challenge her to do more. The goals adjust, but the sentiment behind them doesn't.

Since it is a new school, I'm not sure if I should dress up more for this or not. *snort* What a dumb thing to worry about, right? My very first one of these, I was dressed "business casual" with my accordion folder and notebook (I was told I was intimidating, later, by the school psychologist, who has unfortunately retired). Later, it was jeans and whatever was temperature-appropriate, usually with a go-cup of coffee. I haven't bothered with the accordion file for years. Ugh! I don't want to worry about it - casual it is!

It will already be a little intimidating, since Marc is able to come with me, and he is an attorney. Having Daddy be a lawyer can be handy.

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