This morning, Himself and I attended the first of the two end-of year IEP meetings at school required for Thing Two. (IEP stands for Individualized Education Program: these are put in place for children who have been determined to have some kind of disability per specific federal regulations.) The point of this particular meeting was to formally update us on his progress and to jointly determine whether or not any further testing should be done before the end of the year.
First, Thing Two is doing very well. He has challenges and deficits, no doubt, but both his homeroom teacher and school speech therapist were very positive about the progress he has made this year. And second, they are not recommending any further testing for him at this point, which is HUGE.
Now, this whole paragraph is a guess on my part: I admit it freely. But here's what I think is happening. They want to continue providing services to him. They see that he is responding to the help he's currently receiving, and understand that he really needs that help. And they are concerned that if they test, he may not do badly enough (because he is very bright under all the crossed wires in his brain--and also because the performance level that justifies receipt of services in this state is unbelievably, scandalously low!) to qualify for the language help that every professional who has ever worked with him says that he needs to keep him moving in the right direction.
But, regardless of whether my guess is right or wrong, the net result of today is that they are leaving his status as is, and next month, we will meet again to decide exactly what will be in his IEP for next year.
I've heard a lot of Child Study Team and IEP horror stories, and am beyond grateful that Thing Two's case manager has gone to bat for him repeatedly ever since he was classified. It is a blessing beyond compare to have our meetings be cordial and cooperative, as they are, and not confrontational, ugly and lawyer-filled!