Her bus arrives home after school one day – Lyra walks in the front door and drops her backpack on the floor.  As she’s taking her coat off, I ask her, “How was your day?”  “Good” she says…and just before I’m able to ask my next question, she adds, “and I didn’t learn anything new today, Mom.”   My jaw drops, and I’m thinking…have I really become that predictable to my 3-yr old? Yeah, so maybe I do often ask Lyra what she learned at school.  I guess it’s just this crazy idea/belief I have, that every child should have the opportunity to learn something newRead More →

Beginning this year, her first year of preschool, Lyra will be learning both print and braille. This concept is known as “dual-media.” I must admit, when Lyra was a baby, and we were still coming to terms with her condition, the LAST thing I wanted to hear was someone telling me that Lyra might need braille. Braille was for blind people and my baby was NOT going to be blind. Most of what I heard and read up to this point told me that Lyra’s vision would be good enough that she could read print and not need to learn braille. So how did IRead More →

Troy and I, and the rest of Lyra’s IEP team met for a 2nd time to continue where we had left off during the meeting the week before.  Like the first meeting, this one also lasted 3 hours, but it was a much more productive 3 hours.  We were able to get the IEP completed, other than a few corrections in the wording that we’re still working on.  We were successful in getting Braille written into the IEP, including pre-braille goals and direct Braille instruction. We were also able to get most of our list of accommodations and modifications included. One of the reasons thisRead More →

Prior to this first IEP meeting, we had put together our own list of possible goals for Lyra.  They were in a very rough draft form and I wasn’t exactly sure what the best way to word them would be.  My plan for writing them was to follow the Smart IEP guidelines, but because I was in a hurry, I never got that far.  Click on the following link to read what we had come up with for the goals:  Goals __________________________ This meeting did not go well overall.  We spent a lot of time arguing and I did way too much talking.  I wasRead More →

From the very beginning of this whole process, I’ve known that our biggest challenge would be getting the school district to teach Lyra Braille.  I very quickly learned just how big that challenge was going to be. On Lyra’s first day attending the preschool for her transition, I dropped her off at her classroom and went to meet with one of the IEP team members from the school district.  This would be one of the “heated conversations” that I referred to in an earlier post.  The purpose of our meeting was just to go over some questions I had, but somewhere in the middle ofRead More →

So… I finally got that observation at Lyra’s preschool…just 4 days before she was scheduled to begin her evaluation period. The afternoon preschool class goes from 12:30PM to 3:30PM and I stayed and observed for most of that time. I think it went well overall. Lyra’s teachers have been really nice and very open and accepting of any help/advice/support I can give. Lyra’s Functional Vision Assessment and Orientation and Mobility Assessment were both completed, as I posted in earlier posts. So as part of her evaluation, Lyra has been attending preschool 2 days /week. She has attended 5 times so far. Lyra is LOVING it!Read More →

Below is a link to a copy of the written report from Lyra’s latest Functional Vision Assessment.  We really got a lot of useful information from this assessment.  It was very thorough.  I will write about this in more detail when I have a bit more time, but I wanted to go ahead and at least post the report. 🙂 lyra-fve-shareRead More →

In my last post about Lyra’s IFSP-IEP transition, I  said I would post the answers to my questions, in my next post.  I apologize for keeping you all waiting for so long.  I had intended to write that post before Lyra’s transition meeting on February 6th.  We  have already had that meeting, so I have twice as much information to share…well kind of.  The actual “transition meeting” was rather uneventful.  More on that later. From our pre-“transition meeting” meeting we had back in January, I learned that our district has 4 Teachers of the Visually Impaired on staff.  I was VERY pleasantly surprised about that! Read More →

Continuing from Part 1 of my post… Prior to our pre-“transition meeting” meeting last month, I knew very little about the districts preschool program. Initially, we encountered a bit of resistance because the districts administrators insisted that we couldn’t schedule a meeting until 60 days before Lyra’s 3rd birthday. However, I knew that was not true. I knew the state law which stated the following: In the case of a child who may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act, with the approval of the family of the child, convene a conference among the lead agency, the family, and the localRead More →

Anyone who has a child currently receiving Early Intervention services that will be turning 3 in less than 6 months, should start asking questions and getting information about the transition process, NOW.   By transition, I mean the process by which a child who has an IFSP and is receiving services through an Infant-Toddler program (IDEA-Part C) switches to having an IEP and receving services through a preschool program (IDEA-Part B). A few weeks ago, Lyra’s Family Service Coordinator, TVI,  several other people, and I met for a pre-“transition meeting” meeting.  I initiated this meeting and I am so glad that I did.   Lyra’s EI servicesRead More →