Saturday, December 01, 2007


I haven't been blogging about Joshwa lately..
He's been adjusting really well to the new baby.
He knows her because when we tell him Joshwa
where's Adrianne your baby sister he will come and
kiss her on the forehead. I keep telling him that
he will not be replaced and we love them both.

He's not as demanding with me when I'm with
the baby but he's more clingy with Philbert.
He reacts a bit when Philbert is holding the baby
but he's getting used to it.

Academically he's doing great and winter break is almost here.
On December 5 and we're going to have his yearly
Individualized Education Program(IEP) meeting. Where
we will be discussing his goals for the year. Let
me just discuss briefly what it is.

What is an an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
It describes the educational program that has
been designed to meet that child's unique needs. Here in the US
each child who receives special education and related services must have an IEP.
Even if you are applying for outside services like from the Regional Center.
Each IEP must be designed for one student and must
be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an
opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators,
related services personnel, and students (when age appropriate)
to work together to improve educational results for children
with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education
for each child with a disability. For me IEP meetings can be
at times a cause of stress because if you feel that your child should be
getting more then you have to be prepared to fight for it. I'm lucky that we
found a great advocate who has been helping us navigate this process.

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