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Autism and School

Posted on: April 5, 2011

There’s no better title. Those things together are giving me grey hairs this week and last. But hopefully, we’re on the path to resolution.

In short, the school’s discipline plan, their focus on negative reinforcements and their approach to my son overall are just not working. We were left at a total loss, with no clue what to do next short of calling an IEP meeting, and we didn’t want to do that until we had a realist, reasonable and fair plan in place, and that’s going to take some effort.

So I called in a specialist. She’s an angel, and she gets it. She gets my son. She knows her stuff.

To talk to someone about my son and have them listen, to have them nod, to truly understand, to not interrupt me, and to not defend the teachers=priceless.

I don’t know the whole plan yet, but training is occurring this week, for everyone involved with my son, and a volunteer stepped forward to take a lead role with a unique position. (I need to hug him when I see him.)

My husband told me last week, see, some days are awful and you feel angry and frustrated, but if you hang tight, things will work out.

Things got worse the two days after he said that, so I wasn’t convinced, but today, I am definitely feeling more confident that we can work things out in a way that gives me son the proper supports and accommodations without too many hardships for anyone else.

We know we’ll have an IEP in a few weeks, but that gives us some time to get things in place and have better goals in mind, as well as restroom usage accommodations, and a daily communication log, as we’re frequently out of the loop until things get bad, or until BB tells us. Not a good place to be when you walk into an IEP and hear a bunch of bad things and feel totally caught off guard.

I’ve taken a lot of Excedrin the last week.

 

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2 Responses to "Autism and School"

I know your pain! I’ve got two boys on the spectrum and things got so bad with their school (the principal suspended my oldest) that I took them out and enrolled them in an online school that they can do at home. I blog about our challenges on modayswithspd.wordpress.com

Hang in there. The solution will come.

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