- Mar 6, 2016
never mind-I was looking for advice on how to educate the school not to get into an argument.
I do understand-I am also a teacher, though I teach elementary school rather than middle school.
I have kids with moderate to severe autism that push into my room at various times of the day-and when push in isn't working because of the one-on-one needs of the student we don't keep the kids out of the room, we get a para. I dictate for students and give oral assessments and read some quiz questions aloud. Kids with movement needs can be seated in a spot to allow those needs and kids bothered by the distraction can be seated away from them. I know to do this because I read the information about the kids disability and needs. I feel that his teachers would be more successful if they also read the information knew what to do and I just want to know how to get them education and training about his disability since they don't seem open to it. It really would make class easier for them too.
Disney Traveler....I am also a teacher, public school, with over 25 years of experience. You have stated everything I was going to say, plus more, in a better way, I'm sure!Ok, you are a teacher, so, with all due respect, please understand that:
--many teachers have already received some basic training in this either in college courses, workshops, Inservice, or ARD meetings
--IEPs & 504s (at least where I am) line out what we are supposed to provide.It will say something like "preferential seating" NOT "student must have a bean bag chair and yoga ball in room to choose from in addition to any desk, table, chair, etc)
--and that there are other things going on in our day and lives to tend to.
At some point we have to draw the line at accommodating every parents want. Yes I understand you see it as a need, but reading documents and attending training set up by you (not the school) is all a want. If they allow you, what's to stop the other parents from requesting such? If there is a specific way you feel your child should be handled, then YOU need to be doing/providing that through homeschool or serve as an in room volunteer to him everyday.
You are asking for what you can do, truthfully, I think the answer is to ask for an ARD meeting, go over the iep, suggest what you think, have your pamphlets, and then move on no matter what the outcome. If they don't do it, leave it be and learn to function within the environment they are providing, find another school, or homeschool.
Yes you are an educator, but in this situation you are not the diagnostician, administrator, teaching staff, etc at this school/campus for this student you are the parent.