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IEP for HFA kindergartner

Posted by on Aug. 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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Ds is starting kindergarten August 12th. I requested an IEP during summer and they said they'll get on it when school starts. I haven't signed anything yet.  I understand they could deny him any type of services so how can I increase his chances of getting services? What type of testing do they do? It is a charter school, not a typical public school so he'll be in a minority, most kids there don't have special needs. I feel some things are really important:

he needs to be told its time to go to the bathroom- even having the same pre-k teacher for two year who he loved he wouldn't ask to use the bathroom(he used to but regressed) so if he had to go during the three hours he was there he peed his pants. Kindy is 6 1/2 hrs... He's gonna have to go potty there

during a little summer session there he pushed a kid-the kid wasn't following the rules(told to stand in line), it was ds's way to tell the kid he wasn't following rules,  behaviors like this need an explanation of what was an appropriate way to handle instead of punishing (they did do that but I want it written down so they continue) vs simply getting into trouble 

He has tics/stims that may be annoying (gulping, lip smacking, etc) but he should not be punished for these. He's not disrupting on purpose

i feel he needs speech for articulation issues.    

I think he would benefit with fine motor skills help.


any other things that you can think need to be added to my requests? Any tips on getting an IEP?


 

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3guys4me
by Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 4:18 AM

I don't have any advice to offer as my asd ds is starting kindergarten as well. He doesn't have an IEP either, which I'm being told is not the norm... Especially since he's not what I would consider "high functioning". (He is verbal but does not communicate well, he's only partially potty trained, etc.)

I know all states/districts have different rules, but my experience is this: I called the school department in March to request an IEP meeting before the start of school. They pushed me off until I really forced the issue. At that point they made me request it again, in writing, and specifically stating the areas I wanted him tested. They sent me a consent form listing the specific areas, and giving them permission to do the testing. When I got the form, I had the option to accept it, or to make changes. It lists all of the areas of testing, and you can add more if need be.

In my state, anyway, they have 45 school days from the day you give consent to complete testing and hold the IEP meeting. Because they "lost" my consent multiple times, our IEP meeting will not be until October. I've had lots of communication with my specific school department regarding this, and while everyone agrees that we haven't been treated fairly, and that it's in his best interest to have the IEP meeting sooner, no one is really willing to make that happen. :-(  The information and suggestions I've been given for the mean time may help you though.

If you have an open house or screening before classes start, go with a list of questions, and a list of things the teachers need to know about your son. Things like prompting him to go to the bathroom, certain triggers, any scripts he might use and what it means (super important for us!) and leave that with the teachers so they can be prepared for your son. Also let them know about his diagnosis, and that you already have a special ed referal.

Send the same list of info to school with him the first day as a reminder, and put your phone number on it so that they can reach you with any questions.

It was also suggested to us that since my DS's commiunication is so unreliable, that we send in a notebook for communication between the classroom and home. They can't be required to use it unless it's in the IEP, but knowing that we're in referral, I'm told they probably will.

Knowing that an IEP is in the works, the teachers will "hopefully" be willing to implement some supports without the actual plan in place yet. I hope so anyway, because I am terrified at the thought of my 5 year old in school 6 1/2 hours a day with no supports, even if it is only 6-8 weeks.  :-(

Good luck! I hope your little one does well! Please let me know how it goes, too. My little one doesn't start until September 3rd.

MissTacoBell
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 4:40 AM
They have to give you one within 30 days except during summer and vacations where it's not feasible. Though what you mentioned would not as much be services as they would be goals to improve behavior. Obviously OT seems needed, but I can't speak on if he would need a self contained environment.

Does he have an outside behavioral assessment? Those, difficult as they can be to get, are a golden ticket. They are much more prone to giving out services when a medical dx is in place.
TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Aug. 4, 2013 at 6:22 AM

 They typically won't do anything thru the Summer so just makes sure they are on top of it when school does start. Remember, you have as much right to say what goes into that IEP so make sure you write down each and every thing that is important to you. I also ran things off from my computer and had them highlighted. Huge help!

In the meantime you need to take him to a pediatric neurologist/autism specialist and have him dxed. That doctor's signature and recommendations carry a ton of wieght! Good luck!

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 4, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Hugs and good luck!  I agree with Michele above:)

Jnc91
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Quoting TheJerseyGirl:

 They typically won't do anything thru the Summer so just makes sure they are on top of it when school does start. Remember, you have as much right to say what goes into that IEP so make sure you write down each and every thing that is important to you. I also ran things off from my computer and had them highlighted. Huge help!


In the meantime you need to take him to a pediatric neurologist/autism specialist and have him dxed. That doctor's signature and recommendations carry a ton of wieght! Good luck!



He was dx through the develomental evaluation clinic through the big children's hospital. She was a psychologist I believe.
dawncs
by Dawn on Aug. 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I recommend reading: http://www.wrightslaw.com/, http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/, and http://www.autism-society.org/.

Dawn


Group owner of Different Learners Support Group (http://www.cafemom.com/group/118648)

Jnc91
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM
Quoting MissTacoBell:

They have to give you one within 30 days except during summer and vacations where it's not feasible. Though what you mentioned would not as much be services as they would be goals to improve behavior. Obviously OT seems needed, but I can't speak on if he would need a self contained environment.

Does he have an outside behavioral assessment? Those, difficult as they can be to get, are a golden ticket. They are much more prone to giving out services when a medical dx is in place.



He has a medical dx and I believe he's had behavior assessments done. Do I send copies to the school? They know he has autism (they had requested official report in June)
SamMom912
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Perhaps some breaks in the day? Perhaps he will need some downtime to get thru his day? Do they offer some sensory stuff? Our public elementary has a sensory room and both my sons ot and pt work with him. He also has a "break" pass where if he is feeling overwhelmed he can use the break pass to head to the sensory gym.

He also can use it during lunch, gym or recess when kids tend to b loud and chaotic.

mypbandj
by Jen on Aug. 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM
The staff is already back to school. Call the school social worker or school psych and IN WRITING, hand them a letter that says you are requesting a full evaluation for your child. You can include the paperwork you have from the dr.

The clock starts ticking as soon as you sign Consent. They might try to tell you they have to watch him first or try different strategies first. But keep pushing that you want a FULL eval.

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emarin77
by Silver Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Has he been viewed by the school psycholgist or does the school have his medical records?  This first needs to be done before anything can happen in the school.  You can contact the school district and see if you can make an appointment with the school psychologist before school starts.

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