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Ever have a problem with a school bus attendant?

Posted by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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My son constantly takes his shoes off in the bus and the bus attendant has been complaining, Like what do I tell her?  my son is non-verbal autism.     Are Bus attendants trained or do they know how to handle special need children?    

by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Jul. 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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They AREN'T trained and many have no prior experience with children!! Call CST and make sure this person is aware and informed about how to handle him!
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drowningmama
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

She probably thinks hes going to throw his shoes.  They are trained on proper procedures for transporting a special needs child but not trained in what might occur with a special needs child.  Tell her to let him take them off and let her put them in his bookbag.  --  Once your child leaves and they are in the hands of the school then your childs school district needs to deal with your child.  Tell her you cannot make him stop taking his shoes off unless you are right next to him other than that you cannot control the issue.  Tell her you just cant tell him to stop because by the time he gets on the bus he will have forgotten.

JTMOM422
by Brenda on Jul. 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM

My son takes his shoes off in the car all the time. We are trying to get this to stop. It's hard when running errands to have to put his shoes and socks back on. I would think the bus attendant would understand our kids have sensory issues and just try to work with you on ways of helping your child keep their shoes on. 

girl_incognito
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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tell her to suck it up and hold his shoes

no most are not trained... you have two options:

Call Special Ed and request this person be trained

or

Ask for someone who is trained

yourdoingwhat
by Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

The first lady we had was well...not very nice. Not mean to our son per say. The rules for the van/bus drivers are no food or drinks. But she was telling us he couldn't have his transition toy! She lasted 2 weeks. Our 2nd van driver was like he can have his toy and his sippee cup and if he wants to eats thats fine! Hello van lady Debbie i love you lol. Van driver now is just like our 2nd except she doesn't really want him having food. I'm ok with that. It's not a long drive and he eats before he leaves and has snack at school. (he's only there for 3 hours). She even keeps straws in the van for him:) And yes our son takes off his shoes and socks all the time and never had a problem with it. Our district does not train or educate the drivers on special needs children.

AmyParent
by Bronze Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I work at school for kids with autism and 90% of bus drivers/aides drive me crazy!!! Today I had a kiddo who we've been working really hard with fading his need for reinforcement to get on the bus and today he did awesome until the aide noticed he didn't have anything and said "hey! Do you have your toy or picture!" Then he ended up in a behavior and the bus wouldn't transport!
mypbandj
by Jen on Jul. 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Ugh!

Quoting AmyParent:

I work at school for kids with autism and 90% of bus drivers/aides drive me crazy!!! Today I had a kiddo who we've been working really hard with fading his need for reinforcement to get on the bus and today he did awesome until the aide noticed he didn't have anything and said "hey! Do you have your toy or picture!" Then he ended up in a behavior and the bus wouldn't transport!
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Not sure mama...Brady doesn't ride the bus.

girl_incognito
by on Jul. 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I have talked to the behavior specialist at my son's school about another autistic child that rides his bus... She has constant meltdowns on the bus, which *I* know means something is NOT right. But there is only so much the specialist can do, and if the parents are not advocating for their child things won't change with the bus (it's even more complicated because the school is a separate placement and transportation is provided by the district I'm sure you understand)... i know it's frustrating for you!

Quoting AmyParent:

I work at school for kids with autism and 90% of bus drivers/aides drive me crazy!!! Today I had a kiddo who we've been working really hard with fading his need for reinforcement to get on the bus and today he did awesome until the aide noticed he didn't have anything and said "hey! Do you have your toy or picture!" Then he ended up in a behavior and the bus wouldn't transport!


autiovisual
by on Jul. 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

in defense of the driver, you don't think he has alot on plate. If one kid takes off shoes others may follow and the last thing you want on a bus full of special needs children is dangerous distractions for their own safety. Give this one a pass. I am sure his salary isn't such that he can take courses to just understand issues. Maybe he has concerns that kid will pick up foot fungus or has a timeline to adhere to and cannot be stopping to put shoes back on multiple transgressors. Flying shoes while driving could be on his mind. He needs to stay focussed for safety's sake. Cut him some slack.

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