Saturday, February 28, 2009

IEP update

Bearhug's IEP meeting yesterday went great, he is doing really well overall. His teachers note that he's had just a tad of regression in the area of self-calming and asking for breaks when needed. He was doing pretty good with that independently for a while but needs a little more prompting now.

He has mastered some of his IEP goals from this past year (yay!) so we took those out. We kept a few that he's still working on, and we added some new ones to build on his progress.

One area he'll be working on is organizing his writing. He has a lot of great ideas but tends to write very stream of consciousness, so you end up with pages where the sequence really jumps around a lot. You could have two paragraphs next to each other that are completely unrelated, and when you ask him about it, he'll point you to another paragraph a few pages back that is a continuation of the first paragraph. He can follow it all just fine, but most readers can't.

We also had our regular teacher conferences with both Bearhug and Cuddlebug's teachers yesterday, and they are each doing great. They're both starting to read longer chapter-books for school. Bearhug is reading "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and Cuddlebug is reading "Charlotte's Web." I remember reading both when I was a kid, but I'm thinking about reading them again so we can discuss the books together as they read.

All in all it was a good meeting and we're really proud of the boys :).

Next up is Little Bitty, we have his IEP meeting next week and then we're done with IEP's until next year :).

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Amazing_Grace on February 28, 2009 at 10:55 AM said...

Here are some activities that might help BH:

Encourage your child to use a story map or other graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas for his writing.

Use the five-finger method for brainstorming events: Who, what, when, where, why.

Help your child create a family or neighborhood newsletter. As chief reporter, he might gather news, conduct interviews, give a calendar of events, and include a page of funny jokes or quotations.

kristi on February 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM said...

It sounds like he is doing good!! We have an IEP in May.

Patty O. on March 2, 2009 at 4:39 PM said...

That is so great that he is doing so well.

I don't mean to minimize the writing difficulties, but I taught reading and writing in high school and college and many, many of my students had those types of organizational problems. It's great that you are workiing on it now, rather than when he gets a lot older. As I told my students, we tend to write the way we think and talk, which isn't too great for most of us, which is why editing is so crucial--for everyone, even professional writers.


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