My Family

My Family
Summer 2015

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

working out the details

Lucas is still doing great with school, although he had a rough day a few days ago where he was just overdone I think.  His precious teacher handled it so well.

The topic of the past few days has been how to help him catch up to the place he "should" be.  I hate the word "should" but there is a part of it I get.

We do want him to be successful and that's the point.

Today he was tested and compared.  hmmmmm

He tested at a level "1" reading level and kids his age are at level 24-26.  Yep, that is low.  But, I knew that.  I've been trying to teach him for the past year and a half.  And that is why I sent him to school so we could get these things evaluated and hopefully get him needed help.

His teacher is such a God-send.  She is going to bat for him in all areas.  I get emails from her almost everyday.  We talked on the phone last night for about 30 minutes or more trying to come up with the best plan for our boy.

Basically we have two options.
1.  ESOL classification.  Eventhough he is not really working with a second language anymore, he did come from that so his skill level would be that of a child that has only spoken the language a short time, not the full 9 years of his life.  This would be the least intensive classification from what I can perceive.

2.  IEP classification.  We would get together with teachers, specialists, potentially behavioral counseling, etc.  This would be much more intensive and require more testing and classifications.  It is hard to get this testing done in a timely manner.  It is likely he would not be tested until the end of February.  Not a fan of that.  But, we will do what we need to do if that is the route we take.

Peter and I are meeting with the teacher and assitant principal on Friday to figure out which plan would be best for our boy.  Most people have not seen his defiant side.  He can be so cooperative when he wants to be and then turn on a dime.  His teacher saw a tiny inkling of it the other day, but not a full blown craziness.  I'm glad he maintained control enough to regulate back and be able to be included with the group.

It will be interesting to see if he indeed can maintain a relatively regulated stated during school everyday.  That would show me he is making a "choice" to regulate.  That is good!  We have tried to give him tools to do that, so if he can, awesome!

We will keep you posted as to how these decisions pan out.

As a side note, I shared the Gotcha Day video and the "Linda interview" with his teacher today.  She loved it.  I think it also shows how far he has come and the potential he has moving forward.

Did I say I love his teacher yet?  Is that getting nausiating?  Well i do!

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