I may have spoken too soon about the success over Makenzie's IEP.
I did not speak too soon about how wonderful her aide is..... she is abosolutly amazing and I am so happy that God put her in our paths! She believes in Makenzie and so excited to see her everyday! She has already gone above and beyond for my girl. Today she was so excited to tell me that Makenzie knew the letter "H". She tried to "trick her numerous times and no matter what she did Makenzie was able to identify "H" every time!!!! Go Makenzie! I can tell her aide is so invested in teaching Makenzie because she believes she CAN learn! What a blessing!
I did not speak to soon about how well Makenzie's goals where written. We finally have an IEP the holds the school accountable to teach Makenzie specific things and most of these things are very similar to what all of the other kindergartners will be learning this year.
I did not speak to soon about how wonderful the staff is. The special ed teacher is very kind and receptive. She has also bent over backwards to help get Makenzie in school this year. The nurse is very proactive and on top of all of the things both of my kiddos have needed thus far. The principal is very present at the school. He is always available to talk and I have yet to see him without a smile. He is very patient and has made me feel very good about this transition. The teachers are also amazing. I have yet to walk by an employee who does not know my daughters name. We have been greeted in the halls with so many smiles and much interaction from all of the staff whether they work with Makenzie or not! This school is truly and amazing place!
However there is still one nagging issue. The talker.
Last week I was told that within four weeks Makenzie would have a talker to use at school. Today that story has changed. Now I am being told that Makenzie will go no longer then four weeks at a time without access to a talker. In other words they want to get loaners for Dynavox and when the loan period is over and they have to send it back they will have four weeks to get another loan.
Now this plan is ok with me as long as all of the other children's mouths are duct taped shut for the time Makenzie is without a talker. I mean a lite tech system should be ok right? It is only for the times when they can't use their voice and I am sure their parents will be fine with this plan too. I really think the whole class could get really good at charades during this four week period several times a year.
So this morning we sat with the speech therapist on the phone trying to work this out. We tried to come up with a plan. No can do. Everyone in the room played dumb. I quoted IDEA and they twisted it. I am not sure if the two district staff members who were there really had no clue but I doubt it.
Here is what the law says.
I just want Makenzie to learn and grow. I want to give her as many skills as possible to navigate this world with! I just want these people to provide what they are obligated to provide to help Makenzie reach her full potential.