That’s what it felt like today. We had Cameron’s IEP meeting and it just went–so bizarrely. 11 of us were in attendance. Which, of course, included the principal and sped teacher from the class we visited on Friday. I couldn’t even write about that. It was just so disturbing. Lovely teacher–great strategies. However, it was a multi-aged class–Cameron would be the only 3rd grader with other 4th and 5th graders who ranged from mentally retarded to ADHD. Cameron is not a behavioral kid. He’s really a doll–and I am not just saying that ’cause I am his mom. It wasn’t even remotely appropriate. And, of course, the district refused to let us tour the integrated program. I did tour a private school last week but at just over $11K–I am not sure we can swing that.
At this time, Cameron is staying at his current placement and they have increased his speech to 5 times a week. They say he has a severe communication disorder. I don’t see it. Really, I don’t. Yea, he didn’t get "Button your lip" on his IQ test but who says that in this day and age. And on his auditory processing test he couldn’t answer "A ball bounces because it…" Even I had to ask. The speech teacher says because it is round and it has air. Well, the mirror on my wall is round and it won’t bounce. A football isn’t round but it will bounce. Maybe I am just too literal. The only explanation they could come up with for why he scores so low on these tests is he must be brain damaged. Or neurologically impaired. HUH? We were going in asking for an independent evaluation but the meeting just turned so bizzaro that we were dumbfounded.
The reading teacher has been very encouraging. She is a reading specialist with a real vested interest in beating odds. It is nice to have her on Cameron’s side. And his resource room teacher continues to find new tricks. I am tired of fighting but grateful to have Kevin beside me. It was our 13th wedding anniversary on Monday. Despite the hardships, we love each other deeply and strongly. And continue to rely on each other to make it through the challenges. And always with a bit of laughter.
The cast party went really well. The kids were so well-behaved. No complaints except they didn’t eat enough pizza!
Knitting…work on the Shetland Triangle Shawl continues. I am nearly ready to add my second ball of Naturespun. Christmas gifts have begun for the teachers. I am working on washcloths and Fetching mitts. I plan to make a scarf of some sorts for the principal. Seaman, maybe?
I will try to add some pics later…Thanks for listening and always the support and wisdom.