I have a 3.5 year old girl(will be 4 in February) that has a condition that mimics cerebral palsy. Her motor(fine and gross) skills are way behind and so is her speech. She is in a special needs preschool through our city and is in her second year there. We have an IEP meeting on Wednesday to go over her IEP and see where she is making progress or not making progress. An aide in her classroom, who is also a good friend of ours, just told us that she has met all of her cognitive goals(which we were aware of) but that the teacher is not setting any new cognitive goals. She is now on par with a typical 3.5 year old and the teacher just wants to work on her attention since she gets distracted easily. I was wondering if it is okay to not have any cognitive goals in an IEP? She is at risk because of her condition for following behind cognitively. Can they set new ones for her to be able to do by the end of the year?
You can set whatever goals you want. Since she just "caught up" I would think that at least one cognitive goal should be on file to make sure she stays where she needs to be. I ask for all the paperwork (including the new proposed goals) at least 3 days before the meeting in writing. This gives me time to go over them, and make any changes or discuss any concerns I have one on one. I have found that teachers/therapists/etc are much more open to making changes before the meeting since you let them know your concerns, some people tend to get defensive in the meeting when you ask for changes.
Also remember that you can ask for another IEP at any time, so if you do not have a cognitive goal, and feel that your child starts performing below the norms for her age range, you can ask for another meeting. In the event I feel like I do not want to continue to fight for a goal the rest of the committee is against, I will just stipulate (in the meeting so it is in the minutes), that if X issue comes up, I will ask for another IEP to address it.
I'd ask for some. I'm more conversant in IEPs for school aged kids, but what I see is that if it isn't an IEP, then it doesn't get worked on. I'd request one or two cognitive goals that are age appropriate to ensure that the continue to see the time she spends in school as relating to her cognitive development. You might look up some milestones for kids 6 months older than her and pick a couple of things she can't do yet.
The teacher can work on attention with her with things she also needs to learn. You aren't asking for them to teach her algebra or anything nuttty.
Thanks guys! Her teacher is supposed to be sending home her progress report on Monday so that we can really see what all of her therapists and teacher says about her. We did email the teacher with two of our biggest things we want to talk about at the meeting to give the teacher a heads up. I think I might see if they can add at least one cognitive goal on her IEP. I agree that she needs something to work on during the year especially since it is school and school is where you work on cognitive goals. Thanks so much for your help in figuring out what to do. I was at such a loss since I have never heard of a kid meeting all of their goals in one area. I knew they would be dismissed if it was speech, physical therapy or occupational therapy but not cognitive.