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I *finally* got smart and found an android app for blogging! <hits forehead> Duh…

Anyhow, I’m here…quick update summary and more catching up to follow:

* FINALLY found a new job and love it

* don’t like my manager so much

* still trying to catch up on bills etc

* Trace is having medication issues (add/adhd combined inattentive-hyperactive type) as in, they don’t seem to be working as well

* Landon is 4 yrs old now…some behavior issues but most likely nothing not typical for his age…speech is improving by leaps and bounds!

I *think* everything else is status quo….

*Love* my new blogging app!!

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Yes, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted. Honestly, I’ve just got so much …. stuff…. going thru my head that I don’t even know which way is up sometimes. Between IEP’s and IEE’s and speech therapy for Landon and trying to find a job….well, ready to pull my hair would be putting it lightly.

The IEE (independent educational evaluation) is done. The dr was fantastic, did a very thorough job and was right on the money about Trace. Aspergers is confirmed, ADD/ADHD combined type, dysgraphia and dyscalculia…everything that we already knew, plus a couple of new ones (dysgraphia and dyscalculia).

The scores on the tests done by the district as compared to the dr’s scores….extreme differences. On the Woodcock Johnson III, from the dr’s evaluations: on the Written Expression, Writing Fluency and Writing Samples, he scored as well as 1% of his peers. 1% !?! Math Fluency was less than 4%. Broad Written Language less than 6%. Including the ones I just listed, he scored under 50% on *11* of the tests….only 5 tests scored above 50%. On these percentile scores, 50% is pretty much average…anything below 50%, less than average, anything above 50%, above average. With the school’s evaluation, the count was exactly the opposite… 5 tests were below 50%, 11 above…go figure. On the Wechsler Intelligence Scale there were such drastic differences that I wondered if they’d even tested the same child!!! His full scale IQ had a 23 point difference….that’s huge. Also, something that I didn’t know at the time but was later noted and confirmed by several people (including our family psychologist who’s been in practice 40+ years) …when the school did the WISC with Trace….on 9 of the subtests administered, he scored exactly the same score….exactly the same. Our family psychologist said that in all his years of practice, he’s never seen that happen on one child’s test. Again, the differences between what the school scored and what the IEE psychologist found, drastic differences. Just as an example….. on the Comprehension subtest, the school scored him at 75%, the IEE found him at 9% – from above average to doing no better than 9% of his peers?!? Another drastic example, on the Letter Number Sequencing subtest…school scored (another) 75%, while the IEE found him to be at 0.4%.

Anyhow, we had our IEP meeting last Thursday. 2 hrs it lasted and….for the most part, it was a complete waste of time. The school part of team, when I brought up his low % scores on the IEE, says “oh, he was probably just having a bad day.” or “You know, his testing was done after school, when his medication had worn off. He was probably fatigued.” I can understand that he could be a bit tired after school….however, that being said, several things immediately come to mind- 1) the IEE psychologist would NOT have continued testing if she didn’t think he’d been up to it. She would have rescheduled. and 2) even if he *was* fatigued, the differences in the scores would NOT have been that drastic, a few % points, sure……the ones that I put up above…not even maybe.

On the plus side, he will continue with 60 minutes of speech therapy per week, and 30 minutes of occupational therapy per week (plus in the regular ed classroom guidance and redirection assistance). On the negative side….really nothing else was addressed, or was brushed off if I brought it up.

Why does this have to be so difficult? Why do we parents have to fight so damned hard for something that shouldn’t have to be fought for at all? And, what about the parents that don’t have the resources that we’ve been blessed enough to have? A wonderful family psychologist, an awesome mentor/advocate, supportive family….all this, and we’re still having issues. Parents that don’t have any of that, what chance do their kids have if the schools try to shirk their jobs?

I’m too tired and too stressed to even try typing anymore tonight….I can’t wrap my brain around even 1/4 of this stuff, much less 100% of it which is what my boy needs from me.

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So…..what do you do when your spouse doesn’t GET the issues that your oldest child, who happens to be an Aspie, has??? I mean, c’mon….seriously. I *know* that it’s been difficult to deal with….I *know* that it’s hard to understand….but, damnit, we HAVE to deal with it correctly or there’s going to be bigger issues down the road.

We got Bubby a Nerf “protecter” for his Nintendo DS….much needed, especially since Lil Man likes to grab things from your hands and throw them….down the steps. Yeah. So, got the protector, put it on the DS and after spending about 10 minutes with it on, Bubby wants to know can he take it off….he doesn’t like the way it feels on his hands. Duh. It didn’t even occur to me (us) that he may have sensory issues with it…..he’s particular about what he feels on his skin….and he doesn’t like “rough” feeling stuff-no one does but what’s “rough” for him isn’t necessarily rough for someone without sensory issues. So, when he came to us and asked if he could take the DS out of the protector as long as he wasn’t up and walking around because it “feels funny” ….well, I didn’t really think it was a big deal. But nope, Randy had a fit over it. And when I told him that it’s likely a sensory issue and we should give him time to adjust to it. He said he (Bubby) needs to keep the damn DS in the protector and just adjust. *scoffs* Because it’s just easy peasy pudding pie for Bubby to “adjust”, right? He still doesn’t like to feel a shirt’s cuff seam on his wrist…..but now, about 5 yrs later, at least he’s not still tearing holes in the sleeves so he doesn’t have to wear them anymore. Or, what about the seams on socks? It’s pretty dang hard to find seamless socks let me tell ya, but I do it because it just bugs him so much. Any kind of ribbed or textured shirt? Not getting worn by Bubby….it’s either “itchy” or just plain ole “I don’t like how it feels Mooooommmm”. So, am I going to force him to use the protector all the time? Heck no……as long as he’s sitting down I don’t see that he needs to keep it in the protector…..but if he’s up and about? Yes, he’ll need to have it on.

Last week we had a pretty special night….. Thursday night they had an awards presentation at Bubby’s school for kids who scored “Proficient” or “Advanced” in Communication Arts and Math. He got medals and certificates for “Proficiency” in both subjects! We are soooo PROUD of him! He told us after the presentation that he wants to get “Advanced” next year and I was like “Wow! He’s got some high goals for himself” …..which he promptly shot down when he finished his announcement with “because the Advanced medals have way cooler pictures on them Mom!” LOL……

In other school news……Bubby has completed most of his IEP goals. One or two of them he’s having issues with, but, his speech therapist/case manager says that she expected it because the curriculm is getting more difficult. He’s still got all A’s and B’s on his report card so I’m pleased…..but, am accepting right now that the IEP will have to be redrafted for his move to 5th grade this fall. Hopefully I’m better able and equipped to deal with all the meetings and such this time around…..last time I was a nervous wreck and had major panic attacks. However, we’ll be dealing with the same people-with the exception of his teacher of course- so I expect that it will be somewhat easier on me.

Now I’m off to dig up info to share with Randy about sensory issues and Aspergers and ADHD…..wheeeee!!

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