Thursday, May 29, 2008

IEP Nirvana....

That's how I'm feeling right now (HA). I had Jake's IEP yesterday afternoon, and Trey's this morning. One was so good, he excelled his way out of services, and the other was so 'not good' my husband wants to start teaching ASL ASAP (how's that for some CAPS).

I talked him off the ledge, but due to brain overload, the recap will have to wait until the AM ( the caps)


Stuart, Alison and James said...

Hi there, I just want to say that I've enjoyed reading your blog as we just found out that our 2 year old son has severe hearing loss and we will have to have hearing aids, speech therapy, counseling, etc. We've just found out so we are still in the "grieving" period; it's been very hard on us. We also just moved to Hong Kong two weeks ago and I'm 5 months pregnant, so we have a lot on our plate! There is very little in the way of hearing loss support or family groups or anything like that that we would have in our community back in American. Anyway, reading your blog was comforting because one things we can't help but fear is that our son will be considered handicapped, or a special needs sort of child and won't be able to just be a normal kid doing normal things. But your kids are so cute and normal and active, so it's been nice for us to see that we don't have to become a handicapped family in any way.

Ali Cornell

leahlefler said...

Ahh... the IEP time of year! Goodness, its enough to drive the sanest person batty! For the one who didn't quite meet his IEP goals, maybe you will qualify for more services. He'll get there in time, with the right intervention. I read somewhere that the elementary years can be the most difficult for HOH and deaf kiddos. I'm glad you've got the older kids so we can all learn from you!

Loudest Mom said...

Hello Ali!

I completely understand how you all feel. I remember finding out about our oldest daughter's severe hearing loss and just thinking "she'll never hear music, she won't dance at her prom"! Which is really NOT important in the grand scheme of things, but also not the reality. Both of our girls took dance at various times- one was great, the other not-so-great (but *nothing* to do with hearing- just a natural lack of grace-LOL). My older son plays any sport he has wanted to, and I'm sure the youngest will as well (the one w/ the bad IEP :)

Our kids are all HOH/deaf, but first and foremost just kids. The hearing rarely stands in their way, and most days I don't even think about it (other than making sure we haven't lost any implants or hearing aids :)

Hang in there! We moved here (to Washington) when I was about 7 months pregnant. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to move overseas: find a doctor, etc. And, on top of that to try to find services for a child. There are so many great blogs written by moms (and dads) going through the same thing- it can be a nice 'virtual' community.
Take care,

David said...

I just discovered your blog and am happy I did. Thank you for doing it.