I hate the word. Meetings. I’m skipping Definition Wednesday to share my hatred with you.
Everything needs a meeting. Joseph is doing exactly what Joseph does, and what we should expect from him. Progressing? Yes. Still Joseph? Yes. But we have to have a meeting. To discuss “interventions” and “preventions.”
Dude. There’s an IEP plan in place. There are consequences in place. The 7 year old attends therapy once a week, which is in addition to his counseling sessions at the school. Plus occupational therapy. Plus special education.
But no – that’s not enough. So we have to have ANOTHER MEETING TO DISCUSS IT.
Frankly, there’s nothing to discuss. He’s doing to same stuff, and slowly making progress and getting better. Looking at this year is a lot better than last year, and last year was better than the year before. But nobody sees that. Why? Because he took another child’s yogurt. Wait! Was that the earth spinning off it’s axis? I didn’t think so.
But it is cause for another frickin’ meeting. I don’t get it. But I CAN tell you how the meeting is going to go…
Teachers: Joseph is doing XYZ.
Me: Which is better than when he did ZYX.
Teachers: Yes, but he is doing XYZ.
Teachers: What are “we” going to do about this?
Me: I suggest this (same as he already is doing,) and this (same as he already is doing,) and this (same as he already is doing.)
Teachers: We concur.
Me: So we’re not going to change anything.
Teachers: No, but we feel we’re communicating off the same page now.
And then I’ll have to sign something saying that we’re not changing a thing.
Two months from now, I’ll get a call asking me to come up with the copy of the thing that I signed as it was never added to the IEP, even though A) I don’t have the original, and B) WE DIDN’T CHANGE ANYTHING.
I really feel like they’re not seeing his progress. That because he continues to struggle he must be “fixed” and since he isn’t “fixed” yet that there’s something wrong with the regimen we have in place. But dude? He took someone’s yogurt? A couple years ago he tried to beat up the principal. He tried to take BOOKS? As in something educational? Last year he took the money box instead. And then he LIED? Oh the 7-year-old horror.
Don’t get me wrong… Joseph needs the stuff we have in place. And he does have problems – a lot of them. I just don’t think a meeting to negate the progress he’s made and change nothing ’cause nothing needs to be changed (and by the way not getting paid for the time away from work for my husband) is going to help.
And OF COURSE they scheduled it two weeks from the incident. That’s always helpful.
I hate meetings.
Thank you for letting me rant.