We attended Ethanâ€™s IEP meeting today. Ethan went to public preschool this year, but will attend a different public school next year.
IEP for those of you unfamiliar with the term is Individualized Education Plan. Basically it is a report/plan for dealing with a studentâ€™s mental of physical disabilities. We had to attend one a couple of months ago at his current school. It did not go well. Letâ€™s leave it at that.
But today? What a difference in schools. This place immediately put us at ease. They had a solid plan for dealing with Ethanâ€™s individual issues, but they did not go looking for problems where they did not exist. The whole staff was friendly and unlike his current school, it is apparent that they like working with each other.
Jenn and I walked out of the school and we gave each other a knowing glance. This coming year is going to be a great year. I am so grateful that he is moving.
I am sure these folks had no clue about our previous IEP meetings, but their professionalism made our day. Little things can make such a huge impact in peopleâ€™s lives. It really made me think about the wake I leave in my path. I know that on occasion I am short with others, even borderline rude. I guess I need to remember that basic civility does make a huge difference.