Just received letter in mail today. Here is a quote from the letter:
Bradley is due for the 3 yr. re-evaluation of his IEP. We can either streamline this re-evaluation or have a full scale evaluation done. A streamline re-eval is recommended if you feel his current program is appropriate. If you have concerns about his current program, then we need to do a full scale evaluation. This would involve the psychologist from Tri-County completing an assessment of Bradley.
I do feel that a full scale evaluation needs to be done.
1. He is going from the elementary school building to the Jr. H.S./H.S. building. He will have a whole new routine of switching classes for every class and he will have a whole new set of teachers.
2. I'm also concerned about OT, who has been coming to re-evaluate him every quarter. I was asking Bradley if the OT person still comes every quarter to evaluate him and he said, "Well mom he came at the end of 5th grade but I heard him tell Mrs. Stark, 'He's doing fine. I'm not going to come see him anymore." I asked Bradley this because the last two times we have been at Cincinnati Children's they have commented on his finger contractures and I'm wondering why the OT has never addressed it. Bradley tells me, "Well all the OT does is look at my handwriting and he gives me blocks to stack. He thinks my handwriting is very good."
3. The service dog has been something new for this year, 6th grade and that is going well but I'd like to increase the days at school that Sky attends. Now he is attending 2 days weekly and I'd like to increase that to 3 days weekly. They are actually working well with us on letting Bradley have a service dog. The school also asked that we let Bradley keep her during recess and lunch because she barks the entire time she is kenneled. Sky staying with Bradley seems to be going much better than putting her in the kennel.
4. We are getting into a school stage where it will be crucial for Bradley to have the most appropriate IEP. More than likely, we are nearing the wheel chair stage-something I am surprised is not here yet.
MY concern about doing a Full Scale Eval may sound crazy but I'm afraid they might find him inelligibe again. It took us forever to get his IEP in the first place. They finally let him have an IEP at the end of 3rd grade. I guess there is no way that could happen right. One thing about it is that I have some very good progress notes from Cincinnati Childrens that would be helping in them looking at the entire situation all over again.