Autism: CHILD PERFORMING POORLY, NEED HELP FROM SCHOOL

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Kathy:  We have a 13 yr old son with hfa. He is in 7th grade and performing poorly because he needs almost constant redirection. He also doesn’t seem to have any motivation.
He doesn’t want to be singled out from the rest of the students yet he needs the support.
He wouldn’t use an ipad the school offered because he doesn’t want to be seen as different. Now the school is suggesting sending to his neighborhood school. I don’t see the point in this it seems like the school is trying to pass off the “problem” and not help.

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Sophie

Has a functional behavioral assessment been done? Does he have a therapist outside school that he has good rapport with? Outside therapy has helped my son with the motivation piece, and the therapist has also gone to bat for him in IEP meetings. Good luck.

Chuck

Such issues should be discussed in IEP meetings. You can send a request for a meeting to the principal, & special ed director, & perhaps request that they attend. Your state parent training & information center can also provide additional help. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center