We recently attended our annual Independent Educational Plan (IEP) meeting with Peter’s teachers, specialists and school administrators. These meetings are where we learn, in great detail, how and what Peter is doing in school. We are able to discuss how well he has met his goals, and plan any strategies for future goals in the coming school year.
Peter has had an awesome year as a first grader. His progress from September to May has been remarkable. He is reading and writing sentences and paragraphs! His artwork is immediately recognizable. He needs no help in P.E. He converses with classmates, and is very popular. Other students love to help him if he falls behind in a task. Peter’s reading ability is about in the middle of the range of his mainstream 1st grade class, and his math may be a bit higher than that. Peter is a leader on the playground, and other kids want to play with him – his basketball court “posse” is a very popular crowd. Membership is exclusive, reportedly.
Both Peter’s Autism & mainstream teachers fully agree that he does NOT need to be in an Autism class for 2nd grade. He still will receive services, and will have an aid for certain activities. Starting immediately, he will be going directly to his mainstream 1st grade class to hang up his backpack and start his day.
We went into this IEP with a list of questions and concerns. We did not have to voice a single one. Peter’s success and progress is not anything that has come on suddenly. He has been in the best hands since his 1st day of preschool over 4 years ago. Peter’s teachers have all been exceptional and we credit them all every day for their skill and caring. There will probably be some stumbles along the way. We will, however, do our best to take them in stride. One thing’s for sure; Peter has his eyes focused forward and marches onward. Stay tuned. Peter’s on the move.