Iep's for Young Children

“Conner Schwartz”
Sonya Van Etten

Conner is a 7 year old boy who lives with his mom and younger brother Anthony in Clemmons, NC. He currently attends Southwest elementary school and is in Ms. Hamlin’s classroom. Ms. Hamlin is a special education teacher and works directly with Conner and 3 other students who have been diagnosed with PDD-NOS. When Conner was 4 years old when he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not otherwise Specified. As of now the majority of Conner’s day is spent in Ms. Hamlin’s room, however in the morning he attends Ms. Griffin’s first grade classroom for about 2 ½ hours. Ms. Griffin’s classroom has two aides, and all three of them work great with Conner. Along with the general classroom Conner also sees a speech pathologist, an occupational therapist and attends a reading group with other special need students.
At school Conner shows behaviors of a “little professor”; He likes to lecture you versus having a two way conversation (PDD-NOS symptoms, 2009). He tends to tell you information and often goes into deep detail, but doesn’t like when you interrupt him to try to discuss something with him. Teachers have also noticed that Conner talks to teachers, aides and other adults more often than children his own age. Conner struggles when it comes to socializing with other students, he doesn’t seem to understand what to say or even how to respond to them (PDD-NOS symptoms, 2009). Unfortunately, this behavior has made it difficult for Conner to make friends with some of the other students. Many of the teachers have grown very fond of Conner and have high hopes and expectations for him, currently they enjoy listening to his “speeches” about dinosaurs! (Dinosaurs are Conner’s current interest, and boy does he know a lot about them.) All together Conner does exceptionally well with his work, he puts a lot of effort into his work and shows a lot of ambition.
At home Conner acts...