I thought I got through during Alex’s last IEP, his transition IEP. I thought this necessary change in schools would produce a positive change in programing. I thought the education part of Alex’s education that I’d been fighting so hard to get would finally become a priority. I feared that Ben being sent to a special program because of his behaviors would be a step in the wrong direction.
Instead, Ben is making great gains and sure to make more by the end of the year. And Alex’s program…
What is Alex’s program? I’m not entirely sure, because his schedule looks nothing like the IEP we discussed. Based on his schedule, you’d think Alex was on the fast-track to working at one of the special programs for adults with developmental disabilities in the next few years. Moving boxes, packing boxes, breaking down boxes…that seems to be what Alex is learning in school.
Reading, writing, math, science, social studies…those have seemed to take a backseat to Alex’s “education.”
I say “seem,” because I’m not sure. But I’m going to ask. I’m going to ask what progress they’ve made this year and what progress they intend to make, and then I’m going to shape their intentions to be what Alex needs. That’s the plan. Wish me luck!