Thursday, August 26, 2010


The Principal, Assistant Principal, two "significant needs specialists" special education teachers, the district nurse, a speech therapist, his home-base teacher (the first grade teacher at the school), and his teacher who will come to the house all just left meeting with us for almost an hour.

They filed in, introducing themselves, as I pointed them to the hand sanitizer before they had a chance to say hi to Max and sit down.

Max talked at the tip top of his voice that entire time, telling them all his story, and what he was about. When we could get a word in, we filled in the spaces. It was a really good visit.

We have some forms to fill out, and have the doctors fill out, and they have 60 days from today to get his services started.

His teacher who will come to the house was great. She actually reminds me of so many elementary school teachers I had. And they were all so impressed by him and his capabilities. Already they were bouncing ideas around of how they could best teach him.

Part of me says, why did we wait...and another bigger part of me says, we are starting at just the right time. He's ready, we're ready, and they're going to be a great team.

We'll know more as the 60 days draws to an end, but, he will likely get a couple hours a week of schooling at home, and we'll work on his lessons the rest of the week.

If you felt a warm breeze blow by you about 30 minutes ago, it was just me exhaling for the first time since someone even mentioned the words "Special Education". I'm glad it went so's to a new year of school for Max!


deanna said...

I'm so happy for you - and I hope the rest of your experience remains just as positive!

Junior said...

So glad you had a good experience, we are getting ready for Junior's IEP here and I hope and pray that it is different from the past years and ends up being a good meeting.

Deana said...

Hi Heidi,

I hope Junior's IEP goes well too! We will start having his evaluations done up by the different specialists soon, so we'll know more of what his IEP looks like.

We'll do all homebound schooling, so no classroom school.

Thanks Deanna! Me too!!

Unknown said...

What great news! It must have been wonderful to feel the excitment surrounding his education. I am glad you got your big sigh of relief!

Lauren said...

Yay! How exciting!

tiff(threeringcircus) said...

We are struggling finding a place for mal and struggling to work things out for Ivy and her needs.
I love hearing that things went well. It gives me hope that things will sort themselves out here too.

Deana said...


I know it may not always be so great, but after the years of working myself up to the absolutely worst, I was really pleasantly surprised.

I hope you can find a school for Mal soon...and Ivy can have some fun school time too!

Thanks for stopping by!