The beginning of the IEP

Tomorrow (Friday) is a big day in Ella’s life. She is going to have an evaluation for her hearing loss, called an IEP Individual Education Plan, I think. I can’t be there, I have to work, so Erica is going to take her to see several professionals, like the school counselor, psychologist, nurse etc. It will be a day of meetings and evaluations. One of many to come in the next few months.

It’s hard to not think or worry too much about what this will mean for her. On one hand, I want the evaluation to say that she is fine. That there are no concerns and that she is doing exceptionally well for her age, compared to a ‘typical functioning’ kid. But if the evaluation is not accurate, and she does really need assistance, then not getting it could be bad for her. On the other hand, if the evaluation comes back and says her disability is really holding her back, then she will qualify for a lot of assistance, preschool, speech therapy, but the evaluation will follow her through the rest of her life. And if she is not as disabled as they evaluate her to be, then that will eventually be keeping her behind!
Now, I’m not the kind of guy to worry usually, but Erica is worried and the more we talk about it, the more I start worrying about all the things that could happen if this evaluation goes awry. But, then we talk some more and realize there is nothing we can do about it, just trust God and pray that they will see Ella exactly the way she usually is, and be able to understand where she is in her development.
So, if you think about it Friday, please pray for Ella and Erica in the morning! Thanks!

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