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  • MomWUx2@aol.com
    In light of bills moving forward in the legislature, we have decided to plan now for next year in regards to Kennedy as she may have to register a year
    Message 1 of 4 , May 8, 2007
      In light of bills moving forward in the legislature, we have decided to plan now for next year in regards to Kennedy as she may have to register a year earlier than we planned.  We are looking in to all options regarding homeschooling including PDPs or possibly non registering her yet despite the possible consequences.  Tammy has generously sent me information regarding PDPs but I would love more information including possible team members who could assist in assessing and making recommendations for Kennedy.  We have documented learning disabilities via the neuropsychologist, language therapist, physical therapist and occupational therapist but the only one on board with homeschooling is the pt.  Where do I find someone to assist me in this?  I remember Tammy mentioning the criteria for a team member.  Is there anyone currently using PDPs?  How do you feel about them?  Have you ever had any problems with the ESDs?  Is there anyone willing to privately share with me their experiences if they have chosen not to register their child or children?
       
      Melenie

      Mommy to two wonderfully bright home educated children, Austin (10) and Kennedy (6) and wife to a very patient husband, Keith
      www.courage4kennedy.com




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    • Carol Blackman
      ESD (Clackamas) has not been a problem. They ve never asked me anything. I did do more than was required by sending them a copy of my PDP so they d know I
      Message 2 of 4 , May 8, 2007
        ESD (Clackamas) has not been a problem.  They've never asked me anything.  I did do more than was required by sending them a copy of my PDP so they'd know I was really doing one.  Other moms didn't like me doing that when they learned I had been doing that but I felt it was good for them to see I was being responsible and doing far more than the IEP ever listed.  I quit sending the PDP's a couple years back and there was no issue.  They did one time (about two year ago) send a non-personal request for my son's test scores and I sent it back reminding them my son had a PDP and never heard another thing from them.
         
        If the PT is agreeable to homeschooling, I'd suggest writing up what you plan to do and having the PT sign it and leave it open for her to add her own ideas too.  You should offer to pay her as she would be your "overseer".  Only once did I have to pay someone and that was a OT from Oregon City area who agreed to oversee my first PDP.  After that I had a friend who is a teacher who happens to teach in Kazakhstan but comes home for a little rest often enough she would go over Christopher's PDP for us. 
         
        Having now switched to online classes for High school through Clackamas Web Academy so he can eventually get a diploma, we had to have an IEP.  Our local district's high school psychologist last year decided he didn't want to deal with homeschoolers who he let me know were lower than scum.  He told me to bring a long list of things to the school but he was going to turn us over to ESD as he felt they'd really clobber me better than he could.  But after I provided him with a fat portfolio of everything he had requested (except for the letter from his dr about his chelation treatment -- I did not feel it was necessary so didn't obtain one, I included the allergy testing result pages which showed more than they needed to know), he suddenly was the sweetest guy you could ever deal with!  He actually complimented me on the portfolio and said he had never in all his years seen such a complete portfolio on any child, whether transferring in from another district or any that he'd assisted in providing for a child leaving the district.  He then was sorry I reminded him he was going to have ESD do the testing.  He left the district and the new psyc they have one day a week is incredibly nice as he has family members who are also affected by gluten intolerance so he's been really nice to work with.  ESD was AWESOME.  They all bragged about what a nice respectful kid Christopher is (compared to public school kids, our homeschool kids really shine!), and they asked if he could stay for more testing.  They gave him 12 hours of testing (over 2 days, a week or two apart)which he mostly enjoyed, they treated him like a celebrity!  For a bit I thought they were buttering us up but it turned out when I started working as a substitute Instructional Assistant in the public schools this past year, I discovered why they were so complimentary.  Our homeschooled kids are far more respectful, pleasant, and diligent than public school kids who pick up bad traits from peers and expect their IA to do their work for them.  So what I'm saying is, if you do have to go back to an IEP and have Clackamas ESD (at Marylhurst campus) do the evaluating, they will treat you nicely.  I was pleasantly surprised.
         
        They went so far as to obtain vocational assessment for Christopher which normally isn't done until a child is 17 as they realized he has slow mental processing and knew he'd never dare become a pilot as he has longed to do (now that this has been confirmed beyond my own belief that was his problem, I find I'm even more reluctant to think of him driving someday), so they wanted to have him do vocational testing so he might find some other areas of work to consider.  None of the ones the lady came up with were ones he can do, due to his allergies but it's given us lots of time to think and we've been gradually coming up with a few possibilities.  Lately while doing some OT with kids in public schools, I realize he'd be great as an IA or OT for kids.
         
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        Yikes, I have been typing all evening and just was turning off computer and see I never sent this, sorry.
         
        You might be able to have Elaine Butler oversee your PDP since she has a teaching degree and is Homeschool oriented.
         
        Blessings,
        Carol
        ----- Original Message -----
        Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 3:46 PM
        Subject: [Special_HS_OR] PDPs

        In light of bills moving forward in the legislature, we have decided to plan now for next year in regards to Kennedy as she may have to register a year earlier than we planned.  We are looking in to all options regarding homeschooling including PDPs or possibly non registering her yet despite the possible consequences.  Tammy has generously sent me information regarding PDPs but I would love more information including possible team members who could assist in assessing and making recommendations for Kennedy.  We have documented learning disabilities via the neuropsychologist, language therapist, physical therapist and occupational therapist but the only one on board with homeschooling is the pt.  Where do I find someone to assist me in this?  I remember Tammy mentioning the criteria for a team member.  Is there anyone currently using PDPs?  How do you feel about them?  Have you ever had any problems with the ESDs?  Is there anyone willing to privately share with me their experiences if they have chosen not to register their child or children?
         
        Melenie

        Mommy to two wonderfully bright home educated children, Austin (10) and Kennedy (6) and wife to a very patient husband, Keith
        www.courage4kennedy.com




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      • MomWUx2@aol.com
        Thank you, Carol. This seems to be the best option for our daughter but was feeling intimidated by the process and was worried about the school district.
        Message 3 of 4 , May 22, 2007
          Thank you, Carol.  This seems to be the best option for our daughter but was feeling intimidated by the process and was worried about the school district.  Several of Kennedy's "professionals" have recently voiced their support along with the physical therapist including one of the oncologists and the speech pathologist.  I'm hoping they will continue with their support.  I am considering asking them to oversee her PDP but am also considering some other homeschooling moms and professionals I deeply respect.
           
          While Kennedy is only 6 (and why SB392 scares me to death!) we are thinking long term for school possibly college and a career.  Whoo!  Two years ago we weren't sure we'd even get to see her reach school age!  It is encouraging to hear how well your son did and your experience with the ESD.
           
          Thank you again,
           
          Melenie

          Mommy to two wonderfully bright home educated children, Austin (10) and Kennedy (6) and wife to a very patient husband, Keith
          www.courage4kennedy.com




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        • Carol Blackman
          Yes, I was very pleasantly surprised at how ESD really were especially nice. It was obvious to them that we had really done the best we could and they re used
          Message 4 of 4 , May 22, 2007
            Yes, I was very pleasantly surprised at how ESD really were especially nice.  It was obvious to them that we had really done the best we could and they're used to seeing kids who don't show any respect, etc so that spoke volumes to them.  They absolutely adored Christopher and the ones who didn't get to work with him came and pouted to me while I was reading in the waiting room, saying they'd only got to be introduced to Christopher and so and so had hours with him and they'd only got to have a minute, etc.  At first I really was puzzled why they were all raving about what a neat kid he is, but once I set foot in the middle school as an instructional assistant and got jarred repeatedly the first day in the hall as people just bang against whoever is around them, I had TREMENDOUS appreciation for ALL the homeschoolers I know as NONE of them are that disrespectful -- I admit a couple come close, but none are THAT disrespectful of others.  So I'm sure if some day you feel to do an IEP, ESD will treat you well.  I was pleased in talking with them over the phone but didn't know how they'd be once we got there.
             
            You know what is best for your daughter, but consider what the specialists suggest as the more therapy she gets early on, it may be better for her in the long run.  But if there is so much that it interferes with her learning, you will need to determine just how much is the right amount. 
             
            Blessings,
            Carol
            ----- Original Message -----
            Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 3:09 PM
            Subject: Re: [Special_HS_OR] PDPs

            Thank you, Carol.  This seems to be the best option for our daughter but was feeling intimidated by the process and was worried about the school district.  Several of Kennedy's "professionals" have recently voiced their support along with the physical therapist including one of the oncologists and the speech pathologist.  I'm hoping they will continue with their support.  I am considering asking them to oversee her PDP but am also considering some other homeschooling moms and professionals I deeply respect.
             
            While Kennedy is only 6 (and why SB392 scares me to death!) we are thinking long term for school possibly college and a career.  Whoo!  Two years ago we weren't sure we'd even get to see her reach school age!  It is encouraging to hear how well your son did and your experience with the ESD.
             
            Thank you again,
             
            Melenie

            Mommy to two wonderfully bright home educated children, Austin (10) and Kennedy (6) and wife to a very patient husband, Keith
            www.courage4kennedy.com




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