Dreaded school, how you drive me crazy and leave me sleepless. You make me crazy. I hate your pointless homework exercises, "modified" for my son, but not at all in the manner in which we discussed at length on the phone and during the IEP meeting. I hate the stories I hear from my son about you, how you aren't holding up your end of the bargain, while I stressfully comply with your every request for funds, paperwork, home programming, homework, integrity.
So, The Kid and I were meeting yesterday with a new OT that will be giving us some additional sensory, fine motor and executive functioning help, and I proudly state that his IEP has a pretty good sensory diet written into it, that he gets two sensory breaks a day where he does vestibular and proprioceptive activities, and that they are working with him to advocate for himself when he needs additional breaks. I ask The Kid to describe the kinds of activities he does during his sensory breaks and he says, "I only get one break a day and I usually go to the therapists office and play with littlest petshops."
The OT looks at me. I say, Wow, there's another IEP being followed to a T!!!
What part of 'sensory' break don't they understand? What part of 'sensory' diet don't they understand? And even if they don't necessarily 'get' OT as a therapy, what part of working with children does allowing a kid out of class to play perseveratively with toys do they think these 'breaks' are going to accomplish? Don't they even know they're shooting their own feet here?
I called his teacher today, left a voicemail asking for details on The Kid's sensory breaks and just checking in to make sure his program, AS THE IEP STIPULATES, is consistent.
It's so frustrating. I work my butt off to give The Kid a stable, consistent enviroment. Why is it so much to ask to have a school follow what they've previously agreed to?