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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Time for another IEP

Konal has an IEP tomorrow. An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan for children with disabilities. Now the idea is that a great team of people comes together and helps the child achieve an education. It is a good idea. I would even say it is a great idea, but not so good in reality.

Schools want and need to save money. A child who is struggling costs the school money. No Child Left Behind put a much greater emphasis on testing and scores.

In short, it often becomes a mess. And has. I hired an advocate last year. She was great, but then she moved. The school listened to her where they didn't listen to me. The beginnings of a great plan were put together. The plan has hit the dust. His assistive technology has been taken away because he "played" with it. He is "not being held accountable" for his work, and the "teachers are tired of it". He is "unmotivated" and needs more consequences since the consequences are not working.

Since Konal works for negative attention, consequences will not work. We use positive behavioral support techniques in our home. The school has a very hard time wrapping their head around the concept.

I know that Konal can succeed, but I am not sure where to go tomorrow, and I do not have the resources to hire another specialist. I am tired of fighting to get the school to do what it is supposed to do. I don't want Konal to be lost in the system just because they waited until it was almost too late to start intervening.