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Public school or autistic school advise needed

Posted by on Jul. 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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My son will be in 3 rd grade thus comming school year he is high functioning autistic , he is in public school with very little problem only has needed help with hand writing and speech well at the end of the year the school psych decided to take it upon her self to remove all his special help and throw out the autism diagnosis ( he was diagnosed by a autism specialist , kids don't outgrow autism ) this threw him into a tail spin , we all know you don't upset these kids routine , I've been thinking should I send him to a school for autistic kids ? This would require moving a great distance from our home were me and my husband run our own businesses , or fight the school system here , can anyone tell me how to start that process ? Anyone know the pros and cons of a school for autistic kids ? I already know all about public schools in my area and they are horrible
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Logansmom1999
by Kristina on Jul. 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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I would write an appeal letter to the director of special education requesting a complete evaluation before removing any services. These decisions are supposed to be made by a team - yourself included. The system is designed that way so you don't get a "rogue cowboy" trying to change the whole program for a child. The psych just cannot do that on her own. If that doesn't get you anywhere, you can get an advocate or a special needs attorney. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

beachbabies6
by Member on Jul. 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Thank you I will

Maxsmommy123
by Jamie on Jul. 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM
Honestly that really depends on where my kid would fall on the spectrum. If therapy alone wasn't cutting it and public school wasn't helping my child I would look for a special school, but I'm a huge fan of temple grandin and her philosophies and getting your kid out there in the real world as much as possible.

I also haven't had to deal with the school system yet.
mypbandj
by Jen on Jul. 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM
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They can't just stop all services without an eval that find him ineligible for services. And even then you have the right to disagree and have them pay for another eval. It's called an independent educational evaluation.

Go check out wrightslaw.com. You'll find so much info about your rights there. It's a great place to start.

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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 14, 2014 at 5:19 AM

This all the way...what they are doing is illegal.  I wouldn't allow it mama...fight for your son!  Hugs!

Quoting mypbandj: They can't just stop all services without an eval that find him ineligible for services. And even then you have the right to disagree and have them pay for another eval. It's called an independent educational evaluation. Go check out wrightslaw.com. You'll find so much info about your rights there. It's a great place to start.


KnittingMomC
by Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM

My dd goes to a school for kids who have regulatory issues that might come in the way of learning.  The kids in her school have ASD, ADD/ADHD or SPD.  It is a Floortime based school.  We love it.  There is no IEP, but regular meetings, and we keep in touch with progress with the teachers via Google Docs.

It is a smaller setting, but it is a commute for us.  But I know one family who found another school for autistic kids that's a further commute for them, but they make it because of the one to one attention there (he has more severe symptoms). 

MamaLauri
by Bronze Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I am glad your son is doing well in school.

The IEP team, which includes you (and by extension your Dr.), make the decisions about needs and services. Make an appointment with your son's principal and discuss the law and insist on re-instatement of the services. Normally I would first go to the person who acted inappropriately first, but she greatly overstepped her bounds and the law.

wildchild.com
by Janine on Jul. 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM
This...

Quoting mypbandj: They can't just stop all services without an eval that find him ineligible for services. And even then you have the right to disagree and have them pay for another eval. It's called an independent educational evaluation.

Go check out wrightslaw.com. You'll find so much info about your rights there. It's a great place to start.

TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on Jul. 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM
I agree!

Quoting Maxsmommy123: Honestly that really depends on where my kid would fall on the spectrum. If therapy alone wasn't cutting it and public school wasn't helping my child I would look for a special school, but I'm a huge fan of temple grandin and her philosophies and getting your kid out there in the real world as much as possible.

I also haven't had to deal with the school system yet.
mamatink7
by Franceska on Jul. 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM

we have tried both. took over 5 years to get him into the autisic school he is in and will be there until he is done with schooling.

how good are the schools (both types) around your area? the school designed for autism is better organized all around for them-fits, working basics, showing them how to grow and live best they can live. this is definately important with his schools' attitude. we went through this with his school district (1st MFE) left me in tears and completely disgusted; swearing he was just stupid and did not have autism. boy you have got to get your son out of public school system!!!

what are his CARS scores? where does he fall on the spectrum? how has he been doing with therapy. 

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