We had Jordan's bi-annual IEP meeting yesterday and for the first time since he started school at age 3, he participated.
After asking the CI Circle parents their experiences regarding allowing their children to participate in the meetings, I realized that in the USA it's common for children to participate; however, after asking a group of speech therapists at a course where I spoke in Pisa last Saturday, I realized that in Italy, it just doesn't happen.
Yesterday in Grosseto, it happened.
At an IEP meeting the parents, teachers and child psychiatrist are present. We've known the child psychiatrist since Jordan was three and he has been a fundamental part of our journey.
He smiled the entire meeting.
The teachers smiled the entire meeting.
Jordan talked about how he thought school was going.
The teachers asked him questions about what they could do to help and what his concerns were.
They told me that he participated regularly in class and followed the lessons attentively.
Everything went really well, except for the fact that he's failing English.