Mj’s IEP meeting has come and gone. It was a whopping 2 hours of talking, agreeing on goals, listening to his speech teacher and special Ed teacher, and signing forms. One “take away” from the meeting was that they are going to test MJ so we can get updated psychological data on file. The information we have now is grossly outdated. The biggest “take away” was the fact that we found out that MJ has a best friend in class! We’ll call this said friend, “Brian.” We have never once heard MJ mention his name! All I could think was, “Who the heck is Brian?” It was so interesting to hear his teacher go on and on about how much they get along in class and how talkative they are together! I interrupted the meeting and spoke candidly about how I was feeling. I insisted that they communicate more with me. I asked them to give us information other than academics. Due to MJ’s speech limitations it is very difficult to find out what is really going on socially in class. I insisted that the teacher email information on the different social interactions that happen in class. She understood and agreed to do so. Later, we asked MJ about Brian and his face lit up. “Brian is my friend,” he said. I am really looking forward to hearing more about MJ’s school social life.