As I’ve mentioned a time or three before, our oldest son, Jake, has struggles of his own in this world. There are attention deficits, processing delays, SPD, speech/language delays, and a math disability…according to the school district. I have yet to schedule a neuropsych eval…mostly out of fear…but I will.
In early January we met for a new IEP. It was awful, but everything the staff found during evaluation matched our concerns. A new plan was put in place, and it looked like we had buy-in from all parties, even from his “my-way-or-the-highway” homeroom teacher.
Jake has seemed more content and less frustrated with school, especially with math. He sees the resource teacher…which means he gets pulled into a special education room for math only. There are 2 other second graders with him. The teacher can break down the work and spend time with each child so they figure it out. It’s not perfect, but better.
In his IEP, there is an accommodation for MAP testing. He gets extra time, and some help with manipulatives, and the teacher can read it, if he needs help. It’s a standardized computer test. They compete mostly against themselves. The child should show growth and improvement after each test. Jake’s math scores sky-rocketed. The extra time and use of tools helped him immensely. His reading scores, though, stalled out and fell.
This is worrisome…see, last year, Jake was in the reading intervention program, using both the reading computer lab and doing small group with the reading specialist. He made HUGE gains, and his “response to intervention” was amazing. He made such gains that in the first half of second grade, he was only going to lab, no need for small group.
Now he’s falling behind again. We noticed it at home, and I was planning on contacting his homeroom teacher. Then, last week, Jake announced that he went to Mrs. X’s room for small group. I clarified, and he gave me that “woman-are-you-listening-to-the-words-coming-out-of-my-mouth” look. So, I followed up specifically with the reading specialist, Mrs. X.
Sure enough, when his MAP scores dipped, they began assessing Jake’s placement. She asked his various support-team members what would be best for him. Ultimately, they decided to keep him in lab, and add on small group 3 times a week.
My response to intervention here was irritation, but also some relief. I am irritated that he was pulled and moved without us being notified first. But, I am all for intervention, when it is needed, and I am glad that a few members of his team are vigilant and watching out for him. He slipped through the cracks back in kindergarten, and he’s been trying to climb out of that crevice for 2 years now…