Do the letters IEP make you shudder? 😨 Make your anxiety shoot up? 😵 Then you must be a special Mama like me!❤️❤️❤️ Had my little one's IEP meeting yesterday. I used to dread it every time the school scheduled a meeting. 😢 As her behavior got worse the meetings became more adversarial. In the fall, when she was at her worst, the school just didn't know how to handle her anymore. It got to the point where there was talk of moving her out of general ed and we were thinking of hiring a lawyer. 😤😡 Then we got the phone call that changed everything. The Residential OCD Treatment Program had an opening for her. We just had to hold on 10 more days. Those 10 days seemed to drag on yet fly by at the same time. We wanted her to get help but hated the thought of leaving our 9 year old 6 hours away!
The 3 months she was at the Residential Program were some of the hardest days of my life. There were so many nights she called crying and begging to come home. She had to celebrate Halloween there and we had to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas there, but at least we were together.
There were some amazing moments too. When she finally conquered a fear and could do something she hadn't been able to because of the OCD. The first time she was finally able to hug me I burst into tears. We cried happy tears on her discharge day.
Yesterday's IEP meeting was a 180 from our last one. She still struggles a little, especially with the ADHD/ODD, but her OCD is so much better controlled. She can handle school pretty well now. She's thankfully all caught up academically even though she missed the first half of 4th grade. Overall, she's just a happy girl again.
It was a nightmare but so well worth it to see her happy and to start getting our lives back, without OCD in control!
There is hope!! #iep #iepmeeting #specialkids