Raising a son

Monday was the last IEP for my son – IEP is Individual Education Plan. He is 18, will be 19 next month and he graduates high school in June. It just seems the years have gone by so quickly.

I remember after he was born and looking into the cradle not believing that was MY baby. Wow he was in my belly and now here he was. I checked on him every minute because I was worried about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Symptom). He walked at 13 months, he first held on to any piece of furniture he could to steady himself. Then letting go and taking those first few steps..ahh.

And now here we are another letting go point, of him not depending on me for a ride here or there, me cooking his meals. Me letting go and letting him make his own way in this world. He is one of the lucky ones that know what they want to do in life. I want to watch him follow his passion and capture his dream. I’m proud of him and I know when he puts his mind to it he can do what he sets out to do.

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I am passionate about saving natural resources and I enjoy sharing information about the environment and hope that one day we will all work together to create a healthier planet. I am a Zero Waste Specialist and concerned individual. I look forward to reading your comments!
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2 Responses to Raising a son

  1. acquisitionofthought says:

    I’m super curious about the IEP. Sounds really interesting. Have you any posts about your experience with it? I’d never heard of it before, and being recently married and a prospective father i’d love to hear more!

    • harrisandyou says:

      A IEP is provided for children with disabilities in public schools. “In California, special education is provided to disabled students between birth and 21 years of age.” Special education is provided at no expense to the parents. An assessment was done on my son when he was in kindergarten to determine what services he needed. He was diagnosed with ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Speech and Language delay. He is no longer ADHD but is ADD. The special services that he received in school were twice a week working with the speech therapist and he while in elementary school he was able to have more time to take tests and if the verbage was too hard for him to understand, he could ask for it to be read to him. Then in middle school and high school he was in directive studies classes which means the classes were structured for children with disabilities. The teacher took more time to explain the subject, the tests, and the assignments. I hope that helps and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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