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Friday, April 21, 2006

Griffin's IEP Meeting

Griffin is watching one of his favorite DVD's here with his cousin Emma and Auntie Lisa in S.C. Today Griffin woke up and said, " Let's go see NaNa." and it made me shed some tears as I told him that he could not. I don't know if he understood but I explained to him that it will be awhile before we would be able to see NaNa and PaPa again. I am pretty sure that it bothered me much more than it did him. I met with Griffin's teacher, Kathleen, and his SLP, Marcia, at the school today for his IEP meeting and to sign the papers for the ESY( extended school year/summer school). Marcia said that Griffin has made excellent progress. The Progress Report reads as follows: Although Griffin continues to verbalize often without the intent to communicate, he is demonstrating an increase in his spontaneous, meaningful utterances. These utterances also include emerging use of varied communication intentions. In a recent 39 utterance sample, he responded appropriately to 2 conversational questions; made a comment ("upside down") while looking at a picture; and called adult's attention to an item of interest by saying, "Look" and pointing. We are trying to teach him to say "Look" or something similar rather than, "Hi" to initially gain attention. However, his desire to bring attention to himself and to items of interest is a sign of growth in his communication competence. There is so much on the IEP-Progress Report that is positive and shows excellent progress but I don't have the energy to type it all out tonight, perhaps I will continue with more tomorrow. I am just happy to say that I am so very proud of my little guy and that I am very fortunate because I have heard so many stories of how awful some IEP meetings can be yet I have always had wonderful IEP meetings. Thanks in large part to the fact that Griffin has had wonderful teachers and O.T.'s and SLP's throughout his time in school. I say "Thank you ladies for all that you have done for my beautiful child Griffin." You have made our lives so much more fulfilled and enriched.


KCsMom said...

Griffin is just as cute as ever and Emma is a doll! How old is Emma? I will take a guess and say, 18 months old? Griffin looks very happy and content in the photos!
He is an awesome guy:)

Melissa H said...

Reading about Griffin's progress is so wonderful and uplifting. Thanks for sharing it!

Melissa said...

What a wonderful progress report! I'm so glad to read how well he is doing. Way to go, Griffin!

Mr Ornery said...

I have been privileged through this blog to witnes Griffin's continued growth and development, but sometimes I think you, Lora, forget who i with the little guy the bulk of the time. So since you're too self-effacing to take a bow, pleae accept a pat on the back.

Anonymous said...

Liz from I Speak of Dreams. I did a round-up post on IEP season, and your post's included.

glad it went well.