Two weeks ago Bob had his IEP (individualised education plan), so James and I trotted along to meet Bob's Teacher and the Principal to discuss new goals.
It was great.
He mostly reached the goals set at his last IEP, but with some of them he still needs a very strong, visible reinforcer (eg it was intended to teach him to respond to simple instructions without prompts, and although he will now carry out simple verbal instructions, it works better when he can see a reward at the end of it...hey, maybe he's destined to be a banker!).
His new goals are ambitious, but are reachable, so they didn't scare us too much.
We aim for Bob to
(1) make fleeting eye contact with the person speaking to him at least once during a conversation,
(2) increase reading readiness and to identify on request 10 common nouns,
(3) to add numbers between 1 and 5 using concrete aids and
(4) to appropriately indicate toileting needs.
Oh...and he'll be getting homework from tomorrow....EEEEEK! Already I am dusting down the ball and chain to anchor him to the dining room table...really, I'm not too worried about it and I can always check out jazzygirl's brilliant blog as she is the Homework Guru.
I got a bit of a bright idea and decided to cut up his flash cards (which have pictures and words on them) and get him familiar with written words independent of pictures. Already he can identify "dog" and "ice cream" (that's mah boy!) and match the word to the picture, so we're off to a good start.
In a few days Ill trim the coloured edges off them when I feel he's pretty familiar with them.
I had some concerns about his resistance to holding a pencil or even a crayon, so I discussed this with Teacher and ordered some theraputty which I sent into school for him. They're already doing lots of work to reduce his tactile sensitivities, but I have a feeling that Bob will be typing before he is writing.
The IEP is a great opportunity to move forwards...put it to good use!
On another note, Bob was sick last week and missed 3 days of school. James and I were really touched by how much he was missed. Isn't it great that it's not all about the 3 R's?
His IEP will be reviewed next February so hopefully by then Bob will be criticising Dostoevsky and using trigonometry to calculate the distance to the sun....although I will be quite happy if he is adding a few numbers and pointing out the odd word in his story books.
Dostoevsky sucks anyway.