My whole month of AAC posts got sidetracked by what ended up being a month’s worth of meetings, phone calls, emails, and letters regarding Diva’s education, a month that has been so overwhelming and frustrating, a month for which I have no words. I’ve wanted to write and process the whole experience, but I still cannot quite find the words — not in any sort of coherent manner. Soon, soon, soon.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with ten of my “favorite” (sarcasm) things that I’ve heard around Diva or Little Man over the past two years. All are approximations, because I can never bring myself to actually re-listen to the recordings of meetings.
- Response to a request for modified homework: “Well, he needs to learn how to do what everyone else is doing.” Or, any other rendition of “Well, he needs to…”
- “So, if everyone else is doing a research project together in a group, what will she do?”
- “We know these children…” and “Children like these…” and “a child like that”…
- Me: “She has never tipped a chair over before. Ever.” Them: “I hope for your sake it stays that way.”
- “She can’t go to music class. They are studying scales and composers.”
- “Well, I can’t make her see any better.”
- Me: “The goal would be to learn what works for her from this thirty minutes and then expand.” Them: “Wait, what exactly is your long-term goal for her? To be included all day?!?”
- “We let her talk all day. We don’t know what she is saying, but we let her talk.”
- “Yeah, exactly, she will only work on things that are meaningful to her.”
- “I can’t explain my goals because my allergies are acting up.”
And for bonus points, number 11 – answering a phone call mid-meeting.
And one that didn’t quite make the list: “How can he be exempt from a class-wide behavior system?” It didn’t make the cut because another team member stepped up and hit it out of the ballpark with awesome — “If it’s in the IEP, then you make it happen.” And that’s why that is one of my favorite schools.