We received Angel’s results at the end of June. I’ve taken a few weeks to digest the information and do a little research.
We met with the psychoeducational consultant, the principal, and the resource teacher (I’m not sure of her exact title). The only one we hadn’t met before was the consultant. She showed us a graph to display where Angel’s scores fell in relation to the averages. She told us about the assessed skills and how Angel performed in each task. She gave us some great information and answered a lot of questions for us too.
Nothing in the assessment was a huge surprise. We knew what to expect in terms of her school work. Angel scored in the Average range for reading. Everything else was Low Average to Below Average. For things like math, she was working at a late kindergarten level. Reading was on target, but a few other skills were in the grade 1 to 2 range.
One thing that was a bit of a surprise was that Angel’s working memory is very low. She doesn’t hold a lot of information at once. When she told us this, it was a relief! This is why she asks the same question over and over! We know now that Angel needs information in smaller chunks with lots of repetition. This is something that her teacher was already doing with her, and it will continue on next year’s IEP.
The overall results indicate that Angel is a slow paced learner. What does this mean? It means she can learn, it just takes her longer to absorb the information. One of the best pieces of information to come out of the meeting for me was when they said that Angel could go to college or university if she wants to. I know she’s only in grade 4, but to know that she will be able to have a higher education is a big relief. Ultimately, it will be up to Angel, what she plans to do with further schooling. I’m just glad the door’s not closed.
So, it’s not a diagnosis to say, “this is what your kid has”. It really tells us how she learns and how to help her to learn in the best way. For me, it’s another piece of the puzzle. We’re getting closer to having a complete answer (maybe).
Angel will get a new IEP next year to reflect the information in her assessments. Much of what has been suggested is what has already been included in this year’s IEP. We will have an IPRC meeting in mid-September to determine Angel’s status and her best learning options. We’ve been told the most likely scenario is to keep her in the integrated program at this school rather than move her to program that handles only special needs. This could change.
The school will also apply for a laptop for Angel to use at school on trial. If she does well with it and has an increased output, she will keep it and it will be a tool for her to use through high school.
We’ve made a plan with the principal to take Angel in to the school the week before it opens so she can see her classroom and hopefully meet her teacher. She will be getting a new teacher in the fall who has not yet been hired, so this will be the first chance to meet them. We’ve done this every year for Angel since grade 1 and it really helps to ease her anxiety the week before school starts.
And there you have it. Progress