Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We Survived Another ARD

The Beast finally had the follow-up ARD after all of his testing was done. There isn't really a ton to report. They say his IQ is average, but acknowledge that it was a "heavily linguistic" test and was given orally. Okay, so you gave a profoundly Deaf kid an oral IQ test and he still managed to come out average? Think that might mean he is probably a little higher than that? Yeah. Me, too. At least they admitted that they agreed with me on that one.

As for speech testing, they did lots of "hearing children" testing and he's normal, so they're dismissing him from speech. I'm fine with that, but I'll be watching closely since they didn't really give him an auditory processing test. They just sort of observed him.

In defense of the school, I do have to admit that the Beast is a tough case. He is Deaf and that qualifies him for lots of services. On the same token, though, he's not the typical Deaf kid. Were it not for the processor on his head and the hearing aid in his left ear, you'd never know the kid is totally Deaf. I guess that's a good thing. I do still worry about him slipping through the cracks now and then, though.

So, that's about all there is to report on his ARD. I'm so glad we got him the teacher we did. She was the perfect choice for him. Sweet, soft-spoken, and not going to take any crap from him. If anyone can help him break from his defiant streak, she's the one to do it.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like he has such a caring and well-structured teacher. I doubt he'll ever fall through any cracks, with you as his mama!