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Conflict Resolution

Published February 22, 2016 11:05 AM by Devon Alley
In case you haven't noticed, I've been lagging behind in the blog, lately. Most of this has to do with personal issues - with my mother's ongoing battle with cancer, and my grandmother's failing health, I haven't had very much in the way of "free time" to focus on writing. As such, I still have a lot of stories to tell - about past holidays and fun adventures - but today I want to focus on this week, and A.'s most recent IEP meeting.

I never know what to expect when I go into an IEP meeting, and this year was no different. However, I was pleased to learn that A. is doing very well in all of her classes. She is completely mainstreamed in each classroom - she's not receiving any special education intervention in any of them - and she is still doing very well. She's utilizing her lunch period as a time to refresh and regroup - she comes into the special education office to have some time to herself, to recharge her phone, and to just be quiet and regroup. It seems to be working well, despite her struggle with some of the content (she's taking geometry and physical science this semester, both of which she sometimes struggles to understand.) That being said, her teachers are all very impressed with her progress so far.

The most exciting news, however, was the conflict resolution that her team helped foster for her in relation to one of her peers at school. This individual used to be a good friend to A. and simply stopped talking to her and hanging out with her towards the end of last year. A. never really understood why, and it has been something that has haunted her for months. For the conflict resolution, they simply brought them together to discuss the issue. Apparently, A. did amazing in this setting - she was polite, compassionate, and brave. She explained how she felt, and she listened, and she responded appropriately. She proudly announces that now they are "acquaintances," and she understands that the end of the friendship had nothing to do with anything she did, but was just the result of friends drifting apart and circumstances taking up more time and energy. It's so good to see A. have that resolution and closure, and I'm so proud of the way she handled it and navigated some pretty complex and emotionally-charged issues. She did AMAZING, and it's a testament to how well she is doing overall.

So, I will continue to plug through sharing older stories soon, but I wanted to bring this up while it was fresh on my mind, in order to celebrate A.'s progress this year and to let the world know just how proud I am of her.

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