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Old 02-14-2009, 06:56 AM
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IEP goals for severely impaired

Hi everyone,

I have a student that is four years old but tests cognitively at the 7 month level. I need to write next year's goals for her and I am stumped. Her current goals are not appropriate - too general in my opinion: "student will function safely in the classroom etc..." with benchmarks that referred to using an assistive device that she was not able to use because she was transferred to home-based therapy (she is very medically fragile.)

She is transferring to home-based therapy permanently next year. I am thinking of making her cognitive goals along the lines of " student will increase her cogntive function in her environment" with 3 or 4 benchmarks of more specific tasks such as identifying a color, or putting objects in a container .

Am I also being too general?

Thanks for any help or guidance.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:31 AM
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susie,

You need to be as specific as you can and the goal must be measureable as well. I have an 11 year old student who functions at the 4-7 month level as well. He is ambulatory though. I worked on goals such as, "The student will respond to an environmental sound source in 5/5 trials during a 4 week trial period" This is the entire yearly goal. You can be very flexible on the "environmental sound source" too. Another goal was related to feeding was to hold the spoon/fork and put it up to his face. I know what you mean when people do not understand our students' functional levels. It can be very frustrating at times. How do you expect our students to learn minor academics when they will be totally dependent on adult assistance for the rest of their lives? It's ridiculous! I have found that people start changing their point of view of our students when they get to my students age and older. It's not as fun as elementary where you can be flexible with the "age appropriateness".

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