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mainstream vs special day

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM
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My 6 yr old is mainstream with aide (gets resource/speech/social skills)...He's struggling with Grade 1 maths ...Initially the school wanted to take the aide off and send him to special day class but after battling with them they agreed to send him to special day for 1-2 hrs a day to do math & Eng (which is what i wanted but they refused at first)....Now they increased the sdc class by 1 hr more...so 60% sdc and 40% mainstream.

Next yr like before they are insisting to put him full day SDC ,I donno if its bcoz they want to get rid of the aide (budget cuts in CA) or if my son will really benefit from that setting FULL time. 

To me 60% (SDC) 40% mainstream seems ideal but I know if i need to keep it that way next year it will be another battle. How do i justify my wish to keep it same?

My son does not have any behavioral issues, mostly attention and needs to be redirected which is why we have the aide..

.For those who  was in my situation please help me decide:(



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by Dawn on Feb. 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

You did the right thing in fighting for your son. It is better for him to be in the Special Education classes (http://www.wrightslaw.com/) for his weak subjects in school because he is with a teacher who is trained to work with him better than the mainstream teacher. His education is supposed to be on the least restrictive environment principle in school, and it is him being placed in the right combination of classrooms to fit all of his educational needs. You might find these websites very helpful to learn more on how to help him with services and activities: http://www.autism-society.org/, http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/, http://www.autismspeaks.org/, http://www.easterseals.org/, http://www.thearc.org/, http://www.specialolympics.org/, and http://www.usvariety.org/.

Dawn
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Charizma77
by Carissa on Feb. 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

My son goes part time to the autism support class and part time in his mainstream class, he likes both but likes his support class better (he has made better frinends in this class because it is smaller). He does all of his testing in the support class and they work on him at his level. He is in 2nd grade and this is what works for him. The support class is in the same building so it works out well. 

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