I sat at the familiar table in the familiar conference room with the familiar team of experts who teach Tuck. They each gave me their professional opinions on how he's doing.
Want to know what they said?
"Tricia, his speech is perfect."
"He's becoming a writer."
"Look at these samples - look how his handwriting has improved."
"He's reading above grade level."
"He has met every goal. We see no reason for him to continue on an IEP. If you'll sign here, then all of this will be behind him."
Hand me that pen, please. Or, wait. I brought my own.
My son is hereby released from all things "special ed." He can talk, he can read, he can write.
And then they said one more thing: "Also, Tucker tells us you're going to have a baby."
"He says you're going to have a baby in about three months. Or as soon as you can find a man."
Well, bless his little fluent-with-language heart.
p.s. I'm not. And I won't be 'as soon as' anything.
That's wonderful, Tricia, just as Tucker is wonderful (even when he's foretelling the birth of a sibling!)
How exciting! I am so looking forward to the day when we are IEP free...
As a mom with a son who has struggled to find his words and has also been on an IEP journey of his own, your words are very encouraging.
He has grown leaps and bounds but some days I struggle with the labels for such a small part of all he has been created to do and be.
Thank you, once again, for sharing your journey!
OMG - that reminds me of another parent teacher conference, many years ago... The phrase "And we're going to get married..." still brings gales of laughter.
This is wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for Tuck!! Great job to the both of you!