We have attended a ton of IEP meetings in our short time in Elementary school. But one thing is always clear to us, there needs to be more compassion expressed by the staff and faculty. We usually get the draft IEP a few days before the meeting and it can be so heartbreaking to read all the areas in which Matthew is not meeting normal development standards. This also happens when we are given his report cards and there is just comment after comment of how he is not successful, and yet there is almost no talk of when he is successful. We do get the occasional email telling us about his good work, but not in the IEP meetings where we could use that bolstering.