It sounds like a sentence you'd find in a Home Economics textbook, circa 1950.
Bring baked goods to IEP meetings to help set the tone...
I've heard it many times before, that bringing treats to your IEP meeting will help foster a more congenial atmosphere, one that may help breed collaboration and agreement. Too many times those meetings are a time to dread, to be suited up for battle with the school systems. I've been there.
This time, however, we knew that would not be the case. I consider us very lucky in that respect. And I'm not bragging about this, I'm just stating that we're fortunate, as I'd mentioned in my post last week, to have an IEP team that is on the same page as we are regarding Samantha's education and development.
We went through the document, page by page, nodding our agreement after each. In a way, the document is more complex because it now includes academic goals going into 1st grade. But in a way, it was much simpler because it didn't break out the short-term goals to be hit at each quarter. We just had to agree on the end-result to be met by the end of next April. And it was a bit simpler also because the goals were based on the standard 1st grade testing that would be given to all 1st graders next spring.
1st grade. Wow.
Placement discussion was easy. Typical 1st grade class, brief, 30-minute weekly pull-outs for PT, ST, OT, 1:1 aide (same one she has now, one of her resource teachers, who we absolutely adore). See, simple. ESY will consist of Samantha being placed in a typical Summer School class with 1st graders who are entering 2nd grade in the fall (again, likely with the same resource teacher as her aide). There is no Kindergarten Summer School class, so I'm actually pretty thrilled about this placement. And even more thrilled that it will be held in her home school this year. Hooray for consistency!!!
There was no dread, no suiting up, no battle. But there were baked goods.
This time, we brought a dozen donuts with us.
Just because we like everyone.