Dena: My daughter is a senior in high school withdepression, anxiety, Asperger’s, and trichotillomania. Her case manager, Special Ed Teacher, cannot write IEP Goals to save her life! I have been writing the IEP Goals and re-writing them for 13 years because only 4 teachers have been capable of writing SMART goals in all these years. I am very concerned that the Special Ed Teachers are not learning this skill in their credential programs. I refused to sign the latest IEP because the goals were vague and meaningless or just plain out-dated (one was never used, but still included on the form).
The mental health goal that the therapist wrote is vague and doesn’t state what new coping strategies she is teaching my daughter to use to cope with her anxiety and OCD symptoms. The evidence-based treatment should be CBT, with measurable goals for how my daughter will improve her ability to cope with stress. Without a measurable goal, the therapist just talks with my daughter casually for 30 minutes 1x/a week and that’s considered fine by them, but not for me. Therapy needs to be purpose-driven and have stated goals to be effective. As you can see, I’m beyond frustrated! Your thoughts, please.