ARD & Autism - Praying for the worst - a rant * Update w/Eval Results

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  1. JamesMom

    JamesMom DIS Veteran

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    OP here again with another update.

    I got a 19 page "Full and Individual Evaluation" (FIE) and after filtering through the pages of psychobable and charts (I have 2 master degrees and it was hard reading, lol) the bottom line shows that he has two diagnosis:
    Speech Impairment
    Specific Learning Disabilities.
    OT, while not specifically saying he has SPD (which the report all points to) says his "sensory issues" would benefit through additional OT therapy and that his "extraneous movements" are coping mechanisms and should be tolerated. Whatever that means, lol.
    It appears that he has short term memory and language delays which the evaluators believe may compromise his reading, writing and math skills and request an IEP for these subject areas.

    I guess I'll learn more specifics about that at the ARD. So much information riddled in jargon when I just want concrete specifics - what are you going to do to help my child! I am guessing this is all good news? That they will address his "issues"?

    Thanks again for listening and I'll write more on Thursday.
     
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  3. brat

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    :hug:JamesMom

    My Foster son(ASD) is allowed to fidget because it consittered a coping mech. and he does better on tests if is allowed.

    Glad to hear they will be addressing his issues.
     
  4. lovethattink

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    Great to hear that they are addressing those issues!
     
  5. JamesMom

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    OP here to close this issue :)

    The ARD went very well this morning. My son will receive
    - pull-out resource for 90 minutes a day for math/reading
    - 20 minutes push-in for writing
    - 2 - 30 minutes speech sessions per week
    - 20 minutes OT per week.
    On his IEP he has
    - preferential seating
    - access to sensory tools
    - repeated instructions, extended time on tests
    - 'breaks' and 'snacks' on request.
    I am very, very happy that they are making this accomodations and acknowledge that he simply 'works' differently.

    They recommended the book "Out of Sync Child". I'll check that out.

    I guess it was much ado about nothing. Love my school district!

    Thanks for reading!
     
  6. bookwormde

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    Great that they have begun to provide the accomodations that you child needs, the next strp is to have them provide the functional curriculum so the accomidations can be faded.

    bookwormde
     
  7. lovethattink

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    Sounds like wonderful progress and steps forward! My son's occupational therapist also recommended we read the Out of Sync Child. I have not read it yet. I am still following bookwormde's advice of reading the Complete Guide to Asperger by Tony Attwood. I am getting so much out of that book! Thanks bookwormde, I'm combing through it with a fine tooth comb!
     

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