I would like to start today by addressing Issue the First. I am sorry. Please don’t freak out. Every kid is different. Your kid will be okay because you are advocating for him or her. Keep an eye on said child and keep doing what you have been doing. Really. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and keep your eyes open. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
As for the Asperger’s program, everybody was all, “Asperger’s program?! What the whut whut?!” It’s like the time I was emailing with a parent in Los Angeles about a problem her kid was having and I suggested that maybe she talk to the school counselor and, via email, she managed to convey incredulous laughter because, hello, LAUSD. They don’t have, you know, things there. Oh, and fuck you, you and your Montgomery County, Maryland choices.
One day I will think before I type. One day. Probably not today.
In other news, I had another IEP meeting today, but this one was for Quinn. He has an IEP because he’s been getting OT services for a couple of years. Today he graduated. It felt a little weird for them to take away his disability code and for me to be okay with it. It was the right thing to do, weird pencil grip notwithstanding, but I felt like I should upend a table and start yelling about services for my baby. What I did was stand up, say thank you, and then went home. There’s something to be said for 15 minute meetings.
The other result of today’s meeting is that I do not have any more IEP meetings this year. Thank God. In fact, I might refuse to discuss special education for the next five weeks just on general principle.
That, at least, would prevent me from scaring all of you to death. You are welcome.
Thank you so much to Cheetah contributors the Paulsons! It’s not too late to donate and it is certainly not too late to come to the Cheetah-thon on Saturday from 5-7 pm at the Rockville Ice Arena. You guys, it’s going to be so much fun and there will be raffles for fantastic prizes and fun skating and great families and we are going to have such a blast!