Friday, October 31, 2008

I'm turning into a witch

No, my sister isn't contagious. LOL I really feel like I am being forced to turn into a mean person tho! I don't have any cute Halloween projects to share today, you can look back through my posts to see some I have done this month.
I have been too busy fighting with the public school this week to do anything else. I don't understand WHY they can't just do what is best for the kids. Why does it always have to come down to money.? At least, that is what I assume it must be coming down to. All I am asking for is that my son who is "very likely autistic" be put into a regular 1st grade class with an aide. You would think I was trying to re align the stars! Holy cow! They can't possibly do this. They can't possibly admit that they might have put him with the wrong teacher. I don't know much, but I would think that putting an autistic child in a classroom with a teacher that has admitted to having NO training or experience with special needs children.....might not be the best plan? Am I crazy? But, some of you may know....getting the administration at a public (public???) school to 'change' their minds on ANYTHING is pretty nigh impossible. So...I'm getting mean. I'm calling a lawyer. I'm taking a child psychologist to the next meeting. I called the district office and complained. What else can I do? I mean, I don't have a lot of time. The school keeps sending my son home from school early because......hmmmmm.....that is a good question. He isn't acting out, he just isn't finishing all his work. Does this sound right to YOU?

4 comments:

Sharon said...

Good luck! I hope that you can get what your son needs. I am rooting for you!

Cheryl said...

I sure hope you are able to resolve this before much longer. Your son is the one suffering.

Lizz said...

I'm an aide for Erie 1 Boces. Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York.
Here's how it works here, teachers complain about student, file report. Parents go to doctor for diagnosis. Report goes to COmmittee on Special Education. Committee observes student, does some talking, considering, files more reports, and does more testing, and finally the student is sent to a B.O.C.E.S special ed classroom with teachers and other students who have the same disabilities,who know how to
work with autistic children in a classroom of 6-8 students with a teacher and an aide and maybe a personal aide. All of whom have worked with autistic children for many years.
Take your lawyer, your childen health files, and insist he/she get tested for a special education setting so he can get the help and assistance he needs. Any questions email me at dzzystamper@aol.com
We do

Arcticstamper said...

I am a teacher, and listening to what you are saying..it is very frustrating to try and get your child the things that would help him without a diganosis, which unfortunately can take time. Some of the laws have changed in the last three years, and it is becoming more difficult to qualify students under any dissability area. It is good to have the doctors and lawyers on your side! It sounds like you are very pro-active for your son and his education, and in the end it's his education, and that of his fellow classmates that this will help. If his teacher is very willing to learn and adjust to the IEP's than her lack of experience may not hinder his learning, but cause her to reflect on her teaching-and actually become a better teacher.
As a mother of two children, I can relate that when your child is not getting the kind of treatment or education you know is right, it can be the worst feeling! I hope things get straightened out soon! You are doing the right thing.