We are still working on finishing up Lyra’s IEP for this year.  Hopefully we will have the final version completed by the end of next week.  The following is what I wrote to be included in the “Parent Concerns” and “Plans for the Future” sections of her IEP. ________________________________________________ Lyra is a sweet, caring, and expressive little girl. She is relentlessly curious and never seems to stop asking questions. She is fiercely independent, stubborn, and intelligent. At times, her brain/mind seems to move too quickly for her mouth or body to keep up. Lyra has advanced language development, is very articulate and is good atRead More →

I want to preface this post with a little bit of information about me and why I haven’t been writing as much lately.   A little over a year ago I started graduate school, pursuing a Masters of Science in Special Education degree and certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired.  Although very time consuming, my first 2 semesters went really well.  Then this past spring, during my 3rd semester, I became very sick and ended up having 2 surgeries and spending nearly 8 weeks in the hospital.   I will be having surgery again this fall, but I hope to be able toRead More →

The information below is from Lyra’s 3rd quarter progress reports from the private preschool she attends. The first section is from her braille instructor and the other is from her regular classroom teacher.  I am quite pleased with their reports.  😀 Lyra uses a braillewriter adapted with unifix cubes on the keys. She inserts paper with help and rolls paper in independently. She produces entire lines of full cells and 2 letters (a, I) with strong pressure. She allows assistance to position her fingers to produce her first name. She has asked about upper case letters and has used the capital sign in front ofRead 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 →

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 →

Lyra had a check-up with her pediatric ophthalmologist last month.  They didn’t dialate her eyes at this visit. The health of her eyes is good, normal. Her nystagmus hasn’t changed…it remains minimal, in both the speed and the distance of the eye movements. The alignment of her eyes is still good…no crossing. I’m really trying to prepare myself mentally/emotionally just in case her eyes start crossing in again.  Her doctor told us that even after strabismus surgery, sometimes kids’ eyes will start crossing again.  Dr. Grin also said that typically if that happens, it’s usually during the preschool years when they start learning letters andRead More →

I’ve mentioned a lot of different types of assessments in my last few posts.  Knowing what they are and how they differ can be really confusing.  Also, I tend to use the words “evaluation” “assessment” and “examination” interchangeably, which probably adds to the confusion.   Here are some links to information that define them and provide a much better explanation than I could.  😛 Overview of Assessments Functional Vision Assessment Low Vision Evaluation &  Low Vision Examination Learning Media Assessment This next assessment is one that I have only recently heard about.  It seems to be similar to a Low Vision Evaluation, but completed by anRead More →