My most recent school meeting was last Friday, to go over the Pork Lo Maniac's possible need for a 504 Plan for her fine motor skill delays. It turns out, she doesn't need accommodations, at least not for a fine motor skill delay. It wasn't what I expected, but the meeting was supremely positive and successful.
I've compiled a list of suggestions from my readers, and my own tips, to bring you ...
Ten Things to Bring to a School Meeting
9. A tape recorder. You'll need to notify the school ahead of time if you plan to tape, because that gives them the opportunity to tape, also. Now, bringing in a tape recorder kind of implies that you don't really trust everyone at the table, so it's unlikely to be met with the same kind of joy as, say, a plate of brownies. You might want to say that you know you won't be able to remember everything. Pro tip: Do not, under any circumstances, refer to the tape as "the evidence."
I always thought that if a person could pay attention to something -- anything -- for hours, that they couldn't possibly have an attention deficit issue. However, ADD is a slippery thing. She can focus on certain topics but not others. She can work on a craft project for hours. But ask her to focus on math, and she's distracted by every little thing.
So, yay, a new thing. I doubt this is the kind of ADD that requires medication, but hopefully we'll be able to find some teaching and parenting techniques that help her learn how to focus a little better.
In the mean time, Imma get me some granny panties with stars on them, and a boomerang tiara.