I posted on FB the other day that I was excited for Olivia’s IEP meeting and people thought I was nuts. I guess for most people IEP meetings are a battle and very stressful and emotionally exhausted. That’s what I prepared myself for before Olivia’s first one. But, so far, that’s not the case. I truly love her IEP meetings. All of my favorite people from her school, who take such good care of her and work so hard with her, are there. Matt and I get to hear about her progress and see what we’re working on for the next year.
One of my favorite parts though? Being able to talk to her regular education teacher. I love hearing the regular ed teacher talk about how Olivia is in the “regular” classroom. Olivia’s regular education teacher this year is Ms. M. She is truly wonderful.
At the beginning of the year, Olivia was hitting quite a bit. This was not normal for her but we couldn’t figure out what was bothering. Ms. M figured it out. Some of the girls in the class were talking to her like she was a baby and invading her personal space and it was driving Olivia crazy. Once Ms. M realized this and talked to the girls about it, Olivia stopped hitting (for the most part). How awesome is that?? I was really impressed that she figured out exactly what was bothering Olivia and took care of it.
She also has given Olivia a job in the classroom, finds books that she likes and has even found ways for her to measure with a ruler! She is so encouraging to Olivia and that makes my heart truly happy. During the IEP meeting, we were talking about how much Gabe loves to read. She went right to her room and brought back one of her favorite books (500 or so pages!) for him to read; two days later, he’s halfway through! This is why I love her IEP meetings. I get the chance to truly get to know Olivia’s teacher. And, so far, we’ve been very lucky!!
As for Miss Olivia, she’s doing extremely well. The reports we received during the meeting were really great. Her language is blowing everyone out of the water (even including “Ow my nuts!” that she shared with Mrs. G last week), her math skills are improving every day, she’s reading!, she’s spelling, she’s starting to be able to write her name independently, becoming physically stronger and continues to have really good social skills. We are so very proud.
So, Ms. M, if you’re reading this, thank you for being so wonderful. We are so thankful for you!