Today’s Throw Back Post was originally published on 12-FEB-2013 after receiving Bridget’s latest IEP report.
Last week I was reading Boo’s IEP progress report (trust me, not as funny as the preschool progress report). It was kind of depressing (more on that later) but what struck me is how they set certain goals for Boo and when she doesn’t obtain them they focus (of course) rewording the same goal to make it effective.
Here is what I thought though, wouldn’t it be nice if we could center a report on what Boo is good at and then add to it what she needs to work on. Instead of writing by 1/1/13 Boo will stack a tower of blocks without assistance or prompting, say…
Boo is really great at banging blocks together. We will work with Boo to show her how to stack them in a tower and then knock them over. I would like this goal because Boo really likes knocking stuff over. So it would play on her strengths, right?
So in my typical crazy way my mind works at 3am I thought of other things Boo is quite good at that will never make it onto her IEP. For instance:
- Boo is the best hugger in the world. No offense to any of your children (or even Abby) but Boo would win the award. She hugs with her whole body and you feel comforted even when you are comforting her.
- Boo doesn’t make messes. Sure she doesn’t realy play either. But focusing on the positive, her room is spotless. Unlike her sister’s.
- Boo doesn’t hold a grudge. You (or more aptly, me) can ruin her morning one minute by brushing her hair. But after the brush is put away she is all smiles and hugs. I could learn from her there!
- Boo is a champion eater. This is a huge accomplishment for a girl who was in feeding therapy for almost a year. A little warning, like a cute puppy Boo would rather eat from your plate than hers!
- Boo is a puppy whisperer. Crazy puppy is crazy for everyone but Boo. She just has to come near and he lays at her feet. I need to learn that trick.
- Boo can make adults to the strangest things. Recently at a party she had a grown man running around the house all because she said “run” and he understood her.
- Boo is stubborn. She is works at a skill for months never giving up until she masters it.
- Boo makes every day brighter just by being Boo.
What about your child? What are they really good at, something that will never make the IEP but should?