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Janice:  I have a child in my class who severley disrupts the whole class to the extent where it IS having a negative impact on the students who want to learn. This is a daily problem , the school seem unwilling to do anything constructive yet they know this is having a negative affect on the other students, what can i do, i want my students to learn and get the best education possible

  1. My son has ADHD ODD and Anxiety disorder. He disrupts the classroom everyday. School has done FBA without my consent. I know he should have it. They want to medicate him. I said no lets come up with some strategies that help him. School decides he will be in ISS 4 days a week. How can he have positive peer interaction being isolated? The teachers complain about my son but refuse to help him. Other parents found out about my son and are meeting with the principle to get him removed from the classroom so their kids can learn. What should I do next?

    • By doing a FBA the school seems to understand they have a responsibility to address a student’s behavior, & help them learn appropriate behavior. A behavior improvement plan (BIP) should be developed to do that. They may plan to try to do that using ISS. Without a lot of support & time from counselors, & behavior specialists this will be difficult for ISS staff to do. I suggest writing the district special ed director asking that a behavior specialist get involved in developing a BIP & supporting the staff. Wherever he is placed now & in the future there needs to be an appropriate plan with someone monitoring it. Your state parent training & information center can assist.

  2. This is so true. I’m on the verge of seeking legal counsel due to the crazy level of in appropriateness and outright lies I have been told by my son’s school. Seriously, we are just now doing the IEP evaluations (finally, after I asked the school for 2 years and then did my own IEP request to the district) and I have gotten at least 3 of the above listed responses already. Every mental health provider who has seen my son (and there are a lot) has been completely shocked at his school’s attitude and reluctance. After he finally got suspended and some starkly illegal conversations with the principal (he doesn’t belong in public school, you need to pull him out and do online/home school) I put my foot down and went over their heads.

    • I have still tried to be positive and thanking them for working as a team etc etc etc, then the principal totally ignored his RTI and withheld lunch from him because he wasn’t writing an apology note the way she wanted him to until I sent my mom to pick him up at 2:30. Because keeping food away will make an autistic child with ODD suddenly become compliant. Right. Ok. And I get lectured on parenting. Sure.

  3. My son is 5 years old he has intellectual disability. He loves to hug and touch other people he is really friendly and tries to make friends. There is this one classmate who keeps scratching him the classmate has autism. I know many people who have autism that dislike being touched and I understand the students reaction. My son keeps going after his classmate wanting to be friend but my son doesn’t understand that he doesn’t want to get touch so he gets scratch again. The classmate started scratching in the arms nowhis moving to the face.His had pretty deep scratches that have left scaring. He has come home with scratches on his face under the eye area and I just don’t like him getting scratched I’ve talked to the teacher/principal/district about this but the problem still isn’t resolved.

    • I suggest that in writing & at an IEP meeting, you request that a behavior specialist, & Autism specialist observe the children, & develop a plan to address this situation. If this does not work, you can make a complaint using the district’s complaint procedure or use the special ed dispute resolution process.

    • I am sorry to hear your son was injured. I would like to add another perspective concerning “touching and hugging.” While your son likes to touch, for some kids touching can set off a reaction that makes them uncomfortable, reactionary, etc. Some kids come from such trauma that “touching and hugging’ are not welcomed and cause a violent reaction. There are ways, with a trained specialist, that your son can understand when to touch/hug and when to respect boundaries. This “respect of boundaries” will also protect him as he gets older. I will have to point out that it is important that boundaries and expectations are understood as he ages in the school system “unwelcomed touches and hugs” may have other consequences.

  4. You are describing a situation where the other student’s learning is impacted & this student is not getting the help & support that they need. Teachers are also to get the support that they need to deal with a student’s needs. You have the right to request an IEP meeting to address the student’s & your needs. You can also share this with the special ed supervisor who works with your campus, or the special ed director.

    • My non special needs son (10th grade) was hit by a special needs child. Glasses were ruined and special needs child can’t be punished. My son will be punished for shouting at the teacher. So long story short, my son will be punished and its going to cost me $400.00 for new glasses and the special needs child gets nothing. What are my son’s rights? I expect to have the school call me today regarding the incident and the special needs child’s mother is also a teacher at this school in Michigan. Any suggestions? I don’t plan to sue or do anything like that. Would just like some feed back and what to expect when I have my meeting with the school about my son’s punishment.

      • Under some circumstances a child with a disability can receive some type of consequences. That happens frequently in TX. You might want to research your state rules on this. Schools generally have exemption from financial liability for situations like this. A parent could certainly agree to some payment for what their child did. It is also possible that the state, & district rules give the principal some flexibility in the consequences they give your child.

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