Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Happy Days are Here Again!
I am very familiar with the IEP process, since I am a special educator. I am also very familiar with inclusion, since this is something that I promote and support in my work. But I was having the hardest time navigating the homebound services and so was the school staff. Parker is really the first kid that they have had with this situation, so we were all learning together. But note that I am purposely using the word “together”…there is something very special and empowering when people come together and especially when it is for a child who will be learning and growing and contributing to our community.
So after we shared who Parker is and what he is experiencing medically, we then asked about his education options. We were so impressed when one of the people from homebound said, “Well I think we need to think outside of the box here.” She was spectacular! She even called the county office to get permission to do what we as a team thought would be best for him. She here is what will happen. From now until the end of the school year, he will try an altered schedule. He is going stay home on Wednesdays so that he has a day to re-coop and rest. On Tuesdays, after school, the homebound program is going to pay one of his teachers (who was gracious to volunteer) to come to our house to bring missed work and review lessons that he may need help with. And Parker absolutely adores the teacher who will be doing this!
Then the team discussed starting an eval for alternative and augmentative technology and look at a possible “other health impaired” classification for his IEP for next year. So we are starting this process in hopes to get it done prior to the start of next school year. The team will bring various forms of technology out to test him and let him try out the technology to determine what will be the easiest and most effective in assisting him with “writing”. Some days he can barely hold a pen/pencil and to use the pressure it takes to write is very painful and exhausting. His IEP is a work in progress. We wrote up the homebound dual enrollment and all of his needed supports and accommodations/modifications. We are very very thankful to Parker’s team!