Good Stuff

We had G’s goal-setting IEP meeting today and it went well.  I feel very fortunate to be in such a great school system, we’ve never had to fight to get G services and interventions.  They were particularly good at highlighting his progress since the beginning of the year.  It was so refreshing to sit and listen to what he is doing well and what he is working on compared to last year where the director of his preschool stayed focused on what he was doing wrong.  His deficiencies were framed in the context of what the staff needed to change to address issues rather than faults of G’s.

We also got the formal report from his Ados evaluation.  It is an interesting feeling to see your child described on paper and quantified in graphs and charts.  I agree with everything that was written but in some parts I was surprised at the observations.  They are correct observations, but stuff I don’t notice because to me this is just our life with G. 

For example, it was noted that G does not engage in back and forth conversation.  The examiner would offer leading statement like “I have a dog,” and G showed no interest.  He only responded when asked a direct, factually based question.  We’re so used to this that I was surprised to see it noted on paper.  It is just our normal family conversation.  We ask G what he did during the day, but very specifically.  “What did you do for your first work-center today?  You colored?  What did you color?  You colored a monkey?  What color crayons did you use on the monkey?  What was the second work-center you did today?”  He never expands on his answer or asks what we did today, it is strictly an interview.  And I never noticed that as odd. 

Also interesting is according to the report, he does not display any stereotyped behaviors or restrictive interests.  He has topics he gets very animated about like baseball but while he doesn’t always notice that the other person is bored and ready to move onto another topic, he’s not obsessive about maintaining the conversation.  He’s also particularly interested in how cars work, like what all the gauges mean and the rules of driving, but once we leave the car he leaves the subject until we’re back in the car again.  I find this interesting because as I poured over the DSM-IV I kept trying to shove him into these categories by framing his interests as restrictive.  It really highlights why you need an unbiased evaluator to tell you what does and doesn’t fit into the criteria. 

It was an interesting day and a good day.  After all, talking about G is my favorite thing to do. 

Oh, one other thing.  They used the Gilliam Asperger’s Disorder Scale (GADS) to evaluate G and he scored high/probable for having Asperger’s and is similar to 45% of people diagnosed with AS.  So I’m going to start using that tag again in my posts.

Published in: on October 28, 2008 at 10:41 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I am glad it went well for you. IEP meetings can be rough. We had our first yesterday. In my county it can be difficult to get the services you need, because as one LOVELY employee said once to a friend of mine, “Unless you are a retard or gifted there is not much for you.” SO offensive. So that is great that you have an accomodating school system.

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