Well. My eldest is also taking a theater class. He has had these instructors every semester for one thing or another, and he loves them (its a mom and her 2 late teen daughters). My eldest has Aspergers, which is kind of mild - it really depends on the situation. But he was soooo excited about starting back to co-op that by the theater class (the last one of the day) he was a little sensitive. They had the kids yelling at the top of their lungs, so DJ covered his ears, and he was asked to get up on stage to do an improv....which an Asperger kid will (most often) not understand. So the next day I got this loooooong email telling me theater might not be a right fit for him. I spoke with him about it, but he said he thought it was just that he was overwhelmed due to the first day excitement. He didn't want to drop the class. So I wrote the teachers back to give him another chance. I was already ticked, because I was seated right outside the door to the room in the hall, so if they thought he was miserable, why didn't one of them open the dang door? Then my irritation was compounded when later that day I get an email from another mom in co-op, telling me to contact these instructors as the instructors told her they were concerned that DJ 'wigged' out in class. (DJ doesn't wigg out, pretty much ever, he does a statue impression when overwhelmed, freezing in place) so I was completely ticked that they had gone to another parent B4 coming to me with any concerns about my special needs kid! So, last week I sat in on the class.. DJ did great, he only had a little trouble understanding when the class was broken into groups of 3 and asked to make a skit in 2 minutes, he just needs more direction than that. But he did fine and had fun so I didn't pull him from the class. THEN this week, I met the teacher in the hall outside the door to the gym (where they do theater) just to let her know I'd be coming in late as my younger son was giving a presentation. Then I went downstairs to wait for my youngests presentation. I chatted with 2 different moms for like 10 minutes, when DJ comes downstairs and literally collapses to his knees in front of me. One of his friends came with him and explained that they were all running in the gym when DJ slipped and hurt his forearm. So I took DJ into my younger sons class with an ice pack, saying we'd leave as soon as my youngest finished his presentation. Luckily it wasn't broken just bruised (since we had it checked out while I was getting my ultrasound for my knee).
Wouldn't you know, the next day I get another super loooong email. This one claimed DJ was injured before the instructor was in the room (which I don't see as possible since I spoke to her just outside the room before going downstairs), and basically blamed it on everyone else from the co-op, that every other teacher must be ending 3rd period early, because They end their 3rd period class on time and yet the kids are all waiting for them for what seems like a long time. And this was the reason for Daniels injury. I wrote back that there is a 5 minute break between every class, and if kids are right across the hall from the gym it would only take them 5seconds to arrive. And that the 3rd period in the gym is actually a gym games class, so it is true that the theater kids often play some of the games before theater. But with 2 people over 18 and one 16 y/o teaching theater, one of them should be able to scoot up to the gym fairly quickly, no? AND I firmly believe the main culprit in dJ's injury was the fact that the teachers have the kids remove their shoes - which leaves kids like mine in their socks - which is slippery on a gym floor!
Anyway, my DH is super ticked and wants me to withdraw DJ from the class. DJ has all his BFF's in the class so doesn't want to leave it. Now I don't know what to do. As the co-director, it's difficult for me to sit in on every class, and DJ is 11 and would like the independance of not having mom in on every little thing......grrrrrrr. What would you do?