As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Meeting Expectations.

Today was Bryce’s end of the year Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting. I think it’s been awhile since I blogged about Bryce’s IEP so I figured I’d update you.

Here were our goals for this year.

Goal Area: Academic/Cognitive
Person/Position Responsible: Education Assistant
Current Level of Performance: Recognizes upper and lower case letters, working on receptive and expressive letter sounds.

Goal Statement: Recognize upper and lower case letters, working on receptive and expressive letter sounds.

  • Bryce will receptive identify letter sounds with 80% accuracy. Meeting expectations.
  • Bryce will expressively identify letter sounds with 80% accuracy. Meeting expectations.
  • Bryce will sequence and retell a 4 step story with 80% accuracy. Approaching expectations. Has mastered 3 stories. Will continue to add new stories until Bryce can easily retell a 4 step story with no verbal or visual prompts. He’s currently using a “first, then, next, last” visual.
  • Bryce will be able to recognize and create a sentence with 5 large sight words with 80% accuracy. This objective was replaced with teaching the pre-primer Dolch words. It was felt that they are more meaningful.

Goal Area: Academic/Cognitive
Person/Position Responsible: Education Assistant
Current Level of Performance: Counts 1-11

Goal Statement: Bryce will improve number sense.

  • Bryce will recognize, count and sequence numbers 1-20 independently with 80% accuracy. Meeting expectations.

Goal Area: Functional/Life Skills
Person/Position Responsible: Education Assistant
Current Level of Performance: Learning cutlery

Goal Statement: Bryce will learn discrimination skills.

  • Bryce will learn to independently sort and indentify cutlery with 80% accuracy. Meeting expectations.
  • Will expressively identify all 26 peers in the class with 80% accuracy. Meeting expectations.

Goal Area: Functional/Life Skills
Person/Position Responsible: Education Assistant
Current Level of Performance: Learning all the steps to brush teeth properly

Goal Statement: Bryce will learn self grooming skills.

  • Bryce will learn to independently brush his teeth with 80% accuracy. Meeting expectations.

Goal Area: Communication
Person/Position Responsible: Education Assistant, District Behaviour Consultant, or Speech-Language Pathologist
Current Level of Performance: Role answers, echolalia, little initiation. Bryce rarely indicates his wants and needs. He needs prompting to request what he wants. He most often plays alongside peer in parallel play and requires support during social interactions.

Goal Statement: Bryce will improve social communication skills.

  • Bryce will independently find a peer and ask 4 questions using a visual card in 4 out of 5 observable opportunities. Approaching expectations. Using a sentence strip, Bryce is able to ask 1-2 questions with some verbal prompts.
  • Bryce will learn to talk on topic with a peer with up to 4 exchanges in 4 out of 5 observable opportunities. Approaching expectations. Bryce is able to have 1-2 exchanges, but is difficult as he will want to copy what the other person said. Needs many verbal prompts.
  • Bryce will independently request for a break during times of frustration on a daily basis given visual prompts. Approaching expectations. Bryce continues to require prompting to ask for a break.
  • Bryce will independently greet or respond to greetings from peers and adults within the school, using an appropriate combination of gestures, eye contact and speech (i.e. Hi) 80% of the time. Approaching expectations. Bryce has shown increased eye contact and use of speech when responding to greetings. He continues to require cueing most of the time. This will be an ongoing goal for Bryce.
  • Bryce will demonstrate appropriate use of the following social behaviours in 8 out of 10 structured opportunities: ask classmates to play, staying with friends during play, taking turns, eye contact while playing. Approaching expectations. In therapy sessions, Bryce will ask the therapist to play with support. He is able to take turns and indicate, “my turn”, “your turn” with prompting during structured game takes. We’ll continue to work on this next year.

Goal Area: Communication
Person/Position Responsible: Speech-Language Pathologist
Current Level of Performance: Bryce has delays in his receptive langue skills. He can follow short and simple one to two step directions. He also needs time to process spoken information.

Goal Statement: Bryce will develop his receptive language skills.

  • Bryce will follow two to three step oral directions in 8 out of 10 opportunities. Approaching expectations. Bryce has shown improvements in retaining and processing two step simple directions. He is able to follow these directions with 70% accuracy with some cueing. Listening skills will continue to be a focus in therapy next year
  • Bryce will demonstrate an understanding of the prepositions “in”, “on”, “under”, “above”, “behind” by following directions involving prepositions with 90% accuracy. Meeting expectations. Bryce has worked hard on this goal and has shown good progress following directions containing these concepts. In structured activities, he is able to follow directions with “in”, “on”, “under” with 90% accuracy and “in front”, “above”, “behind” with 80% accuracy given minimal cueing. We’ll work towards generalizing these concepts next year.

Goal Area: Communication
Person/Position Responsible: Speech-Language Pathologist
Current Level of Performance: As a student diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Bryce demonstrates delays in the area of expressive language. He uses echolalia, body language, along with some spontaneous verbal output.

Goal Statement: Bryce will improve his expressive language skills.

  • When shown a picture, Bryce will describe the picture using specific sentence structures in 8 out of 10 opportunities. Approaching expectations. Bryce has made good progress in this goal. He can now independently describe pictures using the Noun + Verb (e.g. The boy is eating.) and Noun + Verb + Direct Object (e.g. The boy is reading a newspaper) sentence structure. We’ve also progressed to more complex structures such as Noun + Prepositional Phrase + Verb (e.g. The boy in the bed is sleeping) and those that contain plural nouns. Bryce is also starting to learn the difference between is/are and how to use them correctly in sentences. Sentence structure will continue to be a goal for next year.
  • Bryce will correctly label the position of an item with the prepositions “in”, “on”, “under”, “above”, “behind” using the phrase “It is ________” with 80% accuracy. Approaching expectations. Bryce has shown improvements in this area. He is able to answer “Where” questions that require him to answer with “in”, “on”, “under” with 80% accuracy in structured activities. He has more difficulty with concepts such as “in front”, “above”, “behind”, performing at about 70% accuracy when given cueing.

I never was a fan of IEPs and always thought of it as just a piece of paper that gets filled in, revised once or twice a year through a meeting, and then gets filed until next revision. However, I have warmed up to them. Maybe it’s the new school and new staff, or the way this school district does the IEPs, but I actually visually see the progress and goals being met and new goals set and those being met. I’m a changed mom!

Don’t forget that it’s very important to get together and meet with everyone involved in your child’s education. Your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting is a great opportunity to make sure all your concerns are addressed, ideas are written down, suggestions are implemented, questions are answered and to make sure what you want to see out of the school year happens!

This is your time to have a voice and be heard.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

1 comment:

  1. Being a parent is challenging and so is growing up. I'm amazed that I made it through my teenage years.

    However, I had no idea how challenging it can be for a parent and child with autism. There are so many things that NT kids can do that I take for granted.

    Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse into all the joys that a parent should acknowledge when their child accomplishes something like brushing their teeth by themselves.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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