IEP Meetings: The 3 Year Evaluation

By: Kathy Trainor 

As we know by now John is a 5 year old boy. John is bright and funny. John also has Autism.

Tomorrow, I fight hard for my little man. He has had an IEP (Individualized Education Program) for 3 years in preschool.  John missed the cut off so he gets a new IEP for Kindergarten because he had 3 years of preschool.

This is hard for me because I am have a  Special Education Degree (SPED ) and a Social Work Degree (MSW). I tend to use the 2 to become a powerhouse for other children. When it comes to John it is hard not to have my maternal emotion come through.

My SPED and MSW side says ok fight for a van for him verses a school bus and let the other pieces fall into place and call a meeting in October to discuss the amendment we may need. But, my mommy side says, “I want it perfect, now.” I have a LONG LINE of SPED and MSW needs I want to settle with them and become MEAN MOMMY.

I know no matter what happens I can get changes made as the come about.


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