Things have been quite crazy around here this week with my husband stuck face down on the living room floor as a result of his back injury. The sad thing is, this is the most time we have spent together since before January 1 because of his insane work schedule. So I guess there's a tiny silver lining...
So basically, here is what happened at the IEP meeting
Each member of the team (EC teacher, district teacher of the deaf (TOD), school psychologist) gave a report about their observations of Peas at group and when he came in for testing and observation. Nothing that interesting there to be honest, except for the school psychologist's report.
The district school psychologist is quite an impressive man. Kind, warm, open-minded, student-centered and competent all rolled into one. If you have worked in the schools, you know this is a rare combination of traits. He discovered what we have known since Peas was a baby: he is VERY smart. His cognitive scores were way ahead of age level and he is already showing signs of a child who will have a gifted and talented program referral in Kindergarten.
I'm not sure if the district was trying to pull a fast one on me or they are just not used to prepared and informed parents- but Peas' therapist had to actually ask the team if they wanted to hear my report. They did, I spoke, I kept it together.
The district offered the following: district speech services, auditory training services from the TOD, and a thrown-together "playgroup" made up of peer models and Peas which would be facilitated by the TOD. (The special education preschool was not offered to Peas. Though we wouldn't have accepted it even if it had been offered.)
We accepted none of the above.
Peas will stay with his current AV therapist, stay in the Toddler Communication Group at least through June (Birth to three doesn't fund this after March 9, we will have to cover this cost.) and then go to a regular community preschool program that I really love in September. Yes, mainstreaming will be a lot of work. But Peas needs HIGH expectations, and a preschool experience that will prepare him fully for Kindergarten. He will be well supported, but have enough autonomy to reach his full potential.
We also discussed assistive technology. Since Peas wears his CI's at ear level, he can use a personal FM system. We are going to try to start prepping him for this since it will benefit him much more in Fall than a soundfield system will. The educational audiologist who serves our area was also at the meeting and she will be working closely with us and Peas' CI audiologist to get what will work best.
All in all, it went well. I am certainly glad it is over.