Blue Boy and Beany

Two moms, twins and autism.

First Preschool IEP Meeting

Blue Boy has been receiving services through birth-to-three and attends “school” twice a week for 1.5 hours.  Beany is in class with him as a “typical peer”.    Since we are 90 days out from 3rd birthdays, we had a meeting today with Blue Boy’s head teacher and a representative from the Seattle Public School District to discuss transitioning to special education.  I have read so many horror stories about this process and wanted to be prepared for this first meeting.  I found a great document that helped bring me up to speed on the purpose of this first meeting and what to expect.

As it turns out, this meeting was all about eligibility and how it would be determined.  Our primary role in this meeting was to sign a bunch of papers that said Blue Boy could be assessed to determine if he is eligible.  We did get the chance to advocate for testing in all developmental areas since past assessments have shown some unexpected deficits in fine and gross motor skills.  The head teacher, OT, and SLP at his school will do all of the testing which should help with Blue Boy’s anxiety.

We left the meeting with the impression that Blue Boy would be found eligible for services (to be determined during development of the IEP) based on his PDD-NOS diagnosis and his social/communication deficits.  The school has a month to do all the assessments and the district has an additional month to review the results and determine eligibility.

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